Even though plenty of countries are relaxing coronavirus lockdown rules and businesses are reopening, the Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t gone anywhere. This means that wearing a mask is just as important now as it was a month or two ago. However, masks are only recommended, not compulsory in many places, even though wearing one makes a huge difference.
Researcher Rich Davis showed everyone on Twitter just how important wearing a mask is with a simple experiment using agar cultures. The scientist demonstrated that masks greatly reduce the spread of respiratory droplets and bacteria. Which is a win when we’re in the middle of a pandemic. Scroll down to see what a difference wearing a mask makes.
When you’re done reading this post, dear Pandas, have a look through Funscrape’s earlier article where a doctor demonstrates how wearing different masks affects your body.
Rich Davis demonstrated just how big of a difference wearing a mask makes
He then showed what effect keeping your distance has
He repeated that masks are important to slowing the spread of the coronavirus
Somebody even summarized his little experiment in a video
It’s amazing how much good one little mask can do! Check out how a normal, everyday mask keeps respiratory droplets from spreading outside your body, potentially sharing viruses. pic.twitter.com/zeXyemJwO8
— Providence Eastern WA (@providence_phc) June 26, 2020
Rich’s demonstration got a lot of attention
Exclusive: How effective is a mask? We headed to @providence_phc‘s lab with @richdavisphd to find out. I did the following with and without a mask: talk, sing, cough, and sneeze. We just got the results today. Full story airs tonight at 6 on @KHQLocalNews. pic.twitter.com/I32VhXXEfF
— Kevin Kim (@NewsWithKevin) June 26, 2020
The role of mask: comparison of airflow when people wearing and not wearing mask talk and cough. (video: LaVision) pic.twitter.com/iDfKMUDslW
— People’s Daily, China (@PDChina) April 6, 2020
Rich said that he enjoyed talking to people about his demonstration
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Rich is the director of the clinical microbiology laboratory at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington. His informative and to-the-point post got a lot of attention online. He got over 280.4k likes, his post was retweeted more than 166k times, and someone even made a video summary of his experiment! It’s a good thing Rich’s post was seen by so many people, considering that the coronavirus has made a resurgence in some places.
The situation isn’t as optimistic as we’d like it to be. The number of people who died with Covid-19 has surpassed half a million, globally. What’s more, since the coronavirus outbreak started, there have been over 10 million cases of infected.
The number of cases is rising in 30 US states, the BBC reports. While more than 400k people are under a new lockdown in the Chinese province of Hebei. It’s a confusing time because while some countries are seeing the number of cases go up, other places are further relaxing restrictions. For example, more and more businesses are reopening in Scotland, students are returning to schools in Wales after a 3-month break.
Here’s how some people reacted to Rich’s Twitter thread
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