Amechi Idumuebor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Face masks are more protective against Covid-19 than handwashing or social distancing, a study of coronavirus-riddled US warship Theodore Roosevelt suggests.
More than 1,000 of the ship’s nearly 4,900-member crew tested positive for Covid-19 during an outbreak in March, which saw one person die and the captain fired.
The aircraft carrier has been studied by US officials to get a better understanding of how the virus spreads.
They found a 25 per cent difference in the number of people infected between those who did and didn’t wear a mask.
This compares with 15.3 per cent for social distancing and three per cent for handwashing, methods which have been considered the most crucial to stem the spread of the virus.
It follows months of debate among scientists about whether face masks should be advised for the public due to weak evidence they are effective.
Some experts say there is no harm in adding an extra layer of protection and have been pushing for stronger rules.
The Government finally caved in to pressure and said from Monday, it is compulsory for Britons to wear a face covering on public transport.