Scientists estimate real benefits of masks against COVID pandemic

15:53, 26 October 2020 25
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US scientists have concluded that wearing masks reduces the spread of respiratory diseases, including COVID-19, by 40 percent, according to an article by specialists from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), published in the Nature Medicine journal.

The researchers note that the widespread wearing of masks mitigates the worst-case scenario for a pandemic. If 95 percent of the US population is wearing face coverings, this factor will save about 129,500 lives from the end of September to February. Moreover, if 85 percent of people follow the recommendation to wear masks, the number of actually saved lives will drop to 95,000.

At the same time, other COVID containment measures, including social distancing, won’t bring significant benefits, and the death toll may more than double by the end of February 2021, reaching 511,000 people. reported earlier that scientists had found a link between COVID vaccines and the HIV risk.