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Coronabros’ masked jaws dropped on Sunday after a study revealed that one of the nation’s most beloved face coverings during the pandemic had nearly no effect on containing the spread of COVID.
A University of Waterloo study, highlighted by the Daily Mail UK, observed the efficacy of blue surgical masks seen on American faces and street sidewalks throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
The study found that the blue face coverings were only “10 percent effective” in preventing COVID-carrying droplets from being released due to a lack of compression — better offered by the N95 coverings.
Serhiy Yarusevych, who spearheaded the project, shared that while wearing masks to prevent the spread remains a public health mandate in some areas, such mandates are not necessarily about what works but about political costuming.
“There is a very serious difference in the effectiveness of different masks when it comes to controlling aerosols,” stated Yarusevych.
He added, “The novelty here is that we have provided solid numbers and rigorous analysis to support that assumption.”
As for the N95 coverings, the improved compression was only able to filter “50% of aerosol droplets.” Gaps along the tightly bound masks still allow a majority of droplets to escape.
The most striking bit of data was the parallel effect of ventilation and that proper ventilation systems in an open space prove to be as effective as wearing the most up-to-date PPE available.
Mask mandates continue to be the polemic topic among Americans. They are mostly built on premises that are short on data but long on political ploys.
But Clay, ten percent means I’m saving ten percent of people from COVID!!!
Studies also show that humans need just 10 percent of their brain to believe that statement. The data reiterates that the Doogie Howser cosplay is as real as the show’s doctor.
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