The director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday that Americans can expect the whole coronavirus global pandemic to blow over in a mere one or two whole months IF everyone wears a mask.
One or two full months.
If everyone wears a mask.
CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield told the Journal of the American Medical Association’s Dr. Howard Bauchner, “The time is now.”
During the interview, CNBC reports Redfield added: “I think if we could get everybody to wear a mask right now I think in four, six, eight weeks we could bring this epidemic under control.”
“I think we’re being very clear now,” he also said. “Now’s the time to wear a mask.”
And, from CNBC:
Both the CDC and the World Health Organization now recommend that people wear masks as a way to slow the spread of the virus, which has infected more than 13 million people worldwide and killed at least 574,600 as of Tuesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Scientists say the virus can spread through respiratory droplets that pass when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Studies suggest the masks may serve as a helpful barrier to spreading infection.
Some researchers have suggested that the coronavirus could spread through aerosolized droplets, or particles that travel by air, particularly in poorly ventilated spaces. Last week, the WHO acknowledged that airborne transmission was possible mostly in closed spaces indoors, saying more research was needed to be certain. If the virus does spread by air in such environments, masks could prove more critical to preventing infection.
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According to the report, earlier that day, the CDC released an official statement following a study on mask-wearing.
The study confirmed their hypothesis that wearing a mask is the most easily taken precaution to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
“With the potential for presymptomatic and asymptomatic transmission, widespread adoption of policies requiring face coverings in public settings should be considered to reduce the impact and magnitude of additional waves of COVID-19,” the study said per CNBC.