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Face masks may reduce COVID-19 spread by 85%, WHO-backed study suggests

From Live Science 

Face masks may reduce COVID-19 spread by 85%, WHO-backed study suggests

Here's how much face masks, social distancing and eye protection may help with preventing COVID-19 spread.

Social distancing, face masks and eye protection all appear to reduce the spread of COVID-19, in both health care settings and the general community, according to a new review commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO). 

The review found that keeping a distance of at least 3 feet (1 meter) from other people lowered the chances of coronavirus infection or spread by 82%, and keeping a distance of 6 feet (2 m) could be even more effective.

Wearing face masks and cloth face coverings was also linked with COVID-19 protection for the general public; the same was true for health care workers, but there was a trend suggesting that N95 masks provided greater protection in health care settings than other types of masks. Eye protection, which people perhaps tend to think about less than nose and mouth protection, may also provide additional benefits in both community and health care settings, the authors said.

 

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