UC Davis Study Finds Masks Cut Own Risk 65%

By Marilyn Nelson on July 9, 2020
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To wear or not wear a mask. According to health experts at UC Davis the answer is clear. 

New research shows face coverings decrease the risk of the person wearing the mask by 65%.

Social distancing and wearing masks are the two best tools we have to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to Dean Blumberg, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

“Everyone should wear a mask,” Blumberg said. “People who say, ‘I don’t believe masks work,’ are ignoring scientific evidence. It’s not a belief system. It’s like saying, ‘I don’t believe in gravity.’

By not wearing a mask, you increase the risk of transmission to everyone in the community, ” It’s like double-dipping in the guacamole. You’re not being nice to others,” said to Blumberg.

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