Mask Wearing Cuts New COVID-19 Cases by 53 Percent
New study finds it's the best public health measure against the virus
Mask wearing, social distancing and handwashing are all effective at lowering the number of new COVID-19 cases, according to an analysis of evidence from 72 global studies that looked atg non-pharmaceutical public health measures.
Mask wearing was the most effective public health measure at reducing the incidence of COVID-19, the study found, while physical distancing reduced incidence by 25 percent.
Handwashing was found to reduce coronavirus incidence by 53 percent, though the researchers noted this finding was not statistically significant on account of the small number of studies that assessed handwashing.
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