Highlights: How The Precautions Are Doing To Prevent The COVID-19 Disease?

Table shows in general that absolute risk decreases as the distance increases. Source: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31142-9/fulltext
  • Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 or SARS-CoV-2 causes the disease COVID-19.
  • The disease is spread by close contact from person to person .
  • A research study investigated to see if physical distancing, wearing face masks, and wearing eye protection can prevent or minimize the viral transmission.
  • Data was obtained for the SARS-CoV-2, the betacoronavirus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome, and MERS. All data were examined to determine if there is an overall trend for each precaution.
  • The research identified 172 observational studies across 16 countries totaling to 25,697 patients.
  • The finding suggests that one meter of physical distancing or more lowers the viral transmission and increases protection compared to distance of less than one meter.
  • The finding also suggests that wearing face masks, particularly N95 or similar respirators, may reduce the risk of infection compared to disposable surgical masks or similar.
  • Wearing eye protection was correlated with reduced infection.



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