- Apr 17, 2020
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If you're wearing a high grade mask or respirator it will offer you protection, if it's fitted properly (if it's not well fitted it will still offer some protection but will obviously be less effective).
If you're wearing a regular paper mask or cloth mask it isn't supposed to protect you - the idea is that your mask protects me and my mask protects you. The concept is that if you cough the droplets that would otherwise be thrown into the air are caught by your mask, and likewise if I cough the droplets are caught by my mask. If I'm not wearing a mask and cough the droplets carrying the virus are small enough that a regular paper mask is unlikely to stop them.
Perhaps unsurprisingly since people started wearing masks there's less observance of physical distance, although it may be that people are starting to grow weary of it all and going about their lives as normally as possible.
Seems to be it more-so just protects the person wearing them from breathing in any type of contaminated air. Rather then keeping the person from spreading it. More-so just protects the person wearing it from contracting the virus. Can't imagine what it would be like to have a used mask. I can imagine in other countries people having to share eachothers masks and contaminating eachother. In reference to countries that are 3rd world or don't have that much money. Even for the cheap kind of masks you'd be surprised. I can imagine this is actually something happening in places like Africa.