Western countries are experiencing higher rates of COVID-19 infections compared to Asian countries
because of the West's aversion to wearing masks.
We need universal mask-wearing to aid in lowering COVID-19's virality.
The U.S. Surgeon General and W.H.O. have said masks are not effective at preventing COVID-19 spread. However, they have recently reversed their position on mask-wearing. Anything that prevents aerosolized viruses from being transmitted lowers the virality of COVID-19 1.
Masks aid in decreasing COVID-19's virality by three pathways 8.
We need to increase these virality-decreasing pathways by encouraging a universal mask-wearing protocol to fight COVID-19.
Credit to Sui Huang's article COVID-19: Why We Should All Wear Masks
Despite Japan's large elderly population and early infection, the infection and death rate is one of the lowest in the world. A leading reason for this is Japan's strong mask-wearing culture lowering the virality of COVID-19 to manageable levels. Japan has only had 1,387 infections, yet being one of the earliest countries to become infected 2. Tokyo Metropolitan Police paper towel mask
Starting on March 18, the Czech Republic made it mandatory to wear a mask while in public. So far there have only been 2,942 COVID-19 confirmed cases and 23 deaths, making it one of the lowest infected countries in Europe. 6 We should keep a close eye on the Czech Republic's future infection rate relative to its neighbors to show the quantifiable impact of mask-wearing. OVERVIEW: Czech campaign #masks4all.
Anything that prevents aerosolized viruses from being transmitted person-to-person will lower COVID-19's infection rate 5.