Three W’s to ward offCOVID-19 risk - wearing a mask, washing your hands, and watching your distance. Think risk reduction.

Wearing a mask, washing your hands, and watching your distance.

There’s little evidence that fomites (contaminated surfaces) are a major source of transmission, whereas there is a lot of evidence of transmission through inhaled droplets, said Chin-Hong  Wear a mask. The best mask is one you can wear comfortably and consistently said infectious disease specialist Peter Chin-Hong, MD. Masks may be more effective as a “source control” because they can prevent larger expelled droplets from evaporating into smaller droplets that can travel farther. “The concept is risk reduction rather than absolute prevention,” said Chin-Hong. “You don’t throw up your hands if you think a mask is not 100 percent effective. That’s silly. Nobody’s taking a cholesterol medicine because they’re going to prevent a heart attack 100 percent of the time, but you’re reducing your risk substantially.” 

Three W's to reduce your risk.

BE SAFE, BE AWARE, BE VIGILANT, WEAR A MASK! ©

https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2020/06/417906/still-confused-about-masks-heres-science-behind-how-face-masks-prevent

 


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