Today, we launch a new #WearAMask challenge! By wearing a mask, you are sending a message of solidarity and protecting people, especially those most vulnerable, from COVID-19. Take a photo or a video of yourself wearing a mask, share it and nominate friends to do the same. Masks alone will not stop the virus – we must 𝗱𝗼 𝗶𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗹: -Wear a mask that covers your nose, mouth and chin -Keep physical distance -Clean your hands -Keep away from big crowds -Cover your mouth and nose when coughing We are the ones that can end this pandemic!
A study by a team of researchers led by a Texas A&M University professor has found that not wearing a face mask dramatically increases a person’s chances of being infected by the COVID-19 virus.
Renyi Zhang, Texas A&M Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and the Harold J. Haynes Chair in the College of Geosciences, and colleagues from the University of Texas, the University of California-San Diego and the California Institute of Technology have had their work published in the current issue of PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). …..more
Lockdowns are necessary because of uncertainty. But the direction of evidence is that people can move around more freely if we disrupt the transmission chain. That cannot be done by one measure alone. Social distancing remains important. Handwashing remains important. But we have to stop transmission at source – and face masks are an important first line of defence to limit the initial spread of the coronavirus. We must wear face masks together with practicing all other prevention measures. We need to reduce the risks of community spread during a lockdown, and we need to be ready to bring our economy back to life after lockdown.
If we start making, distributing, and teaching people how to use masks NOW we can ensure that the 60 million people in South Africa are as safe as possible. And we need not stop there! There are 1.2-billion people in Africa who can follow this path with simple materials that they have at home. And we stand by other activists and volunteers around the world who have stood up to be counted and are making and sharing masks. We can stand our ground in the face of COVID-19. There is hope. We must stand together and be counted…..more