The article has been automatically translated into English by Google Translate from Russian and has not been edited.
Переклад цього матеріалу українською мовою з російської було автоматично здійснено сервісом Google Translate, без подальшого редагування тексту.
Bu məqalə Google Translate servisi vasitəsi ilə avtomatik olaraq rus dilindən azərbaycan dilinə tərcümə olunmuşdur. Bundan sonra mətn redaktə edilməmişdir.

Why everyone continues to wear masks, knowing that they do not protect against coronavirus

The new coronavirus disease COVID-19 is actively spreading in the United States. Since there is currently no vaccine for it, the most powerful weapon Americans have, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are preventive measures such as hand washing and disinfection. surfaces, reports TEAM.

Photo: shutterstock

The simplicity of these recommendations probably worries people who want to do something else to protect themselves, so it’s not surprising that face masks are instantly sold out. Despite the fact that CDCs do not specifically recommend them to be worn by healthy people trying to defend themselves against COVID-19.

“It seems intuitively obvious that if you place something - be it a scarf or a mask - in front of your nose and mouth, it will filter out some of the viruses around it,” says Dr. William Schaffner, professor of medicine in the Department of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University.

On the subject: Several US states declare a state of emergency due to coronavirus: what does it mean

“The problem is that it is ineffective against respiratory diseases like influenza and COVID-19. If it helped, the CDC would have recommended it years ago, ”he says.

It is scientifically confirmed that surgical masks do not save the wearer from inhaling small particles in the air that can cause infection. These masks are not tight to the face. CDC recommends surgical masks only for people who already have coronavirus symptoms and have to go outside. Wearing a mask can help prevent the spread of the virus, protecting others in case of coughing or sneezing. The agency recommends these masks for people caring for people infected with the virus.

The CDC also discourages people other than healthcare workers from using N95 respirators - tight-fitting masks that are designed to filter 95% of airborne particles.

Doctors and health experts continue to spread the word about the need to stop mass buying masks because they are ineffective. And they also warn that in this way doctors and people caring for sick people at home may lose the opportunity to purchase the mask they need. In an interview with Fox & Friends, Dr. Jerome Adams, US chief surgeon, said wearing a mask could even increase the risk of contracting the virus.

“People who don’t know how to wear them have a tendency to constantly touch their face, which can actually increase the risk of contracting the coronavirus,” says Dr. Adams.

But people continue to buy and wear masks.

Some people think that wearing a mask reduces the amount of touching your nose and mouth, but there is no evidence to support this. Other causes are purely psychological. One of them is related to the fear of losing conditional control over the likelihood of contracting a virus, of which we know little.

Using a mask, even with an understanding of its low effectiveness, gives people an inner sense of control over the situation.

Lynn Bufka, clinical psychologist and senior director of practice, research and policy at the American Psychological Association, suspects that people “cling to” masks for the same reason they knock on wood or avoid walking under stairs.

“Even if experts say that nothing really changes, a small fraction of people think it won't hurt. Perhaps this will reduce the risk a little, so it is worth wearing a mask, ”she said.

On the subject: Able to defeat coronavirus: official list of antimicrobial agents to combat COVID-19 published

In this sense, wearing a mask is "superstitious behavior." If someone wore a mask during the spread of coronavirus or other viral disease and did not get sick, he may decide that this is the reason and continue to wear it.

The situation where everyone around you is wearing masks, and you are not, can also increase anxiety about the coronavirus and create the impression that the virus is somewhere nearby, even if it is not, says Bufka. At the same time, a person has uncertainty about his own decision not to wear a mask.

Watching masked celebrity pics they post on social media (like Gwyneth Paltrow, Bella Hadid and others) can also reinforce the idea that this is useful. Perhaps a celebrity post about the benefits of handwashing would have a greater impact on people's minds than expert opinion.

Read also on ForumDaily:

New York City Hall Announces Deficit Face Mask: What Does It Mean?

Influenza in the USA or coronavirus in the world: which is actually worse and more contagious

Spanish Flu, HIV, Ebola: How US Presidents Fighted Epidemics

Miscellaneous infection Educational program coronavirus medical masks protective masks
Subscribe to ForumDaily on Google News

Let's face the crisis together and support each other

Thank you for staying with us and trusting! Over the past 5 years, we have received a lot of grateful feedback from readers, whom our materials have helped to arrange life after moving to the United States. We have big plans, we do not want to stop or slow down the pace of work. Even now…

The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected our income, and in order to stay afloat, we have to ask YOU for support. We will be grateful for any amount and will make every effort to continue to publish news and a lot of useful information just as quickly.

Thank you for being with us!

Always yours, ForumDaily!

Security of contributions is guaranteed by the use of the highly secure Stripe system.

Do you want more important and interesting news about life in the USA and immigration to America? Subscribe to our page in Facebook. Choose the "Display Priority" option and read us first. Also, don't forget to subscribe to our РєР ° РЅР ° Р »РІ Telegram - there are many interesting things. And join thousands of readers ForumDaily Woman и ForumDaily New York - there you will find a lot of interesting and positive information. 

1133 requests in 2,332 seconds.