Whilst still in the midst of the Covid chaos, we are seeing some restrictions lifting and others being imposed, such as the wearing of masks in enclosed spaces. It seems the more likely you are to wear a mask, the more likely you are to engage with measures to slow the spread of the disease according to a recent study.
Nearly 7,000 people were asked their views and it was found that mask wearers were 7 times more likely to wash their hands, 13 times more likely to stick to social distancing and 20 times more likely to avoid handshakes. It also found that wearing a mask is effective in controlling the spread of Covid.
In the UK face coverings are required in supermarkets, public transport, places of worship and hairdressers. Failure to comply could result in a fine of up to £100 and for repeat offenders a maximum fine of £3,200.
Healthy people can wear non-medical masks with safety. Wearing a mask is seen as entering into a social contract and mask wearers are looked upon more favourably than those who are non-compliant.
The universal adoption of moderately protective masks could reduce deaths from the virus by up to 45%.
Experts are increasingly leaning towards the notion that something is better then nothing with face coverings, and found that the thinner cheaper face, masks can still be as effective as the surgical face masks for everyday wear.
Better to be safe than sorry, so cover up and save lives!