The coronavirus is still on the rise worldwide. There are now 597,458 confirmed positive cases with 27,370 confirmed deaths and only 133,373 have recovered from the virus worldwide.
This is an alarming rate and has changed the way people and the government do business now. Different nations and countries are imposing different measures, including advocating a social distancing to a total curfew.
While no one knows when this pandemic will be contained, there is a growing need for a solution. Some preliminary guidelines include the use of face masks. This has been welcomed in some other countries.
If you go outside in China, Hong Kong, or Tokyo these days minus your face mask, you will get a disapproving expression. If you are without a face mask, you automatically become a social pariah in these countries.
However, in some other parts of the world, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Sydney, the face mask is not very well received, and walking around with a bare face is still perfectly acceptable.
It remains to be astonished whether it is so protective to wear the face mask. Yes, some countries support the idea of the mask while others usually think of it, but it could be history, culture, government, or medical policy.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has been giving the outline since this outbreak began. From their statement, there are two types of people who it is a must to wear the mask.
Those who are sick, show some related symptoms and those who are taking care those who are infected, suspected, or show symptoms of the virus.
So, it is not a must to wear the mask as a protective measure. There are many reasons for that. First, a mask does not protect you 100% from this virus. With current research outlining that the virus spreads through droplets and contact with contaminated surfaces, the mask can only protect to a certain extent.
Besides, removing this face mask requires maximum attention, which many cannot comply with and which may infect themselves with the virus that may have come into contact with their hands.
The only prescribed way to protect yourself from the virus, as stated by many scientists and the WHO, is to wash your hands frequently with soap and running water.
The mask is top priority in a situation where you are near an infected person who may sneeze or cough near your face. Yet, in some other Asian countries, this has become a norm in which everyone wears the mask by default.
In China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, and Taiwan, it is generally believed that anyone could be the virus carrier, even if they look healthy. Many therefore think of masks as a safer way and a spirit of solidarity to protect others from themselves.
Also, the government in some of these countries requires the mask to be worn and even arrests those who walk around without the mask. It can be an acceptance problem in other countries, but for China, which experienced such contagion before, its people were already prepared.
Nelson Richards is a Seasoned Journalist with nearly 6 years of experience. While studying at Case Western Reserve University, Located at Cleveland. Nelson found a passion for finding and writing articles which are published in Well known Media Publications such as Tnt Publications and Ohio News Network. As a contributor to Chroniclex Nelson Covers National Topics.