In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, when both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said they had no evidence of healthy people. Should wear a mask to prevent corona virus, it is understandable that some people do not comply with the provisions of wearing masks.
But by this point, the scientific evidence was clear: New studies have shown that masks – both medical and cloth masks – can protect wearers from corona virus. That means not only those infected with the virus should wear them, anyone in public should wear a mask, including healthy people.
Masks are an important line of defense to help protect themselves against COVID-19. Yet a new survey in the US shows that only 60% of people say they will wear a mask in public. The number makes a genius brain like billionaire Bill Gates unable to understand.
“I find people who don’t want to comply with the masking rules weird“, he told host Rashida Jones in the new series of podcasts. “They are like nude people. When we ask someone to put on pants in the street, neither American nor very few Americans will say it’s a terrible regulation.”
A new study by the Institute of Health Measurement and Evaluation (IHME), the University of Washington, says that since October, cases of COVID-19 in the US are growing at an average rate of more than 40%. The US still leads the world with more than 11.5 million infections and more than 252,000 deaths.
Scientists at IHME predict that if only 60% of Americans are still wearing a mask in public, the number of COVID-19 deaths in the US by February 2021 will reach more than half a million. But if 95% of Americans comply with the masking regulations, 130,000 lives will be saved.
“If you want to get back to normal life sooner, wear a mask, or don’t you stay home“, Said Rashida Jones.
Bill Gates explains why in the early stages of the pandemic the role of masks was underestimated
That is the question that Rashida Jones posed to the Microsoft billionaire. She asked why medical experts initially doubted the mask’s ability to suppress the corona virus?
Gates says that is when we don’t really understand the new corona virus and the COVID-19 disease it causes. Experts rely solely on the knowledge they have about other respiratory viruses such as colds or flu to make recommendations.
For a cold or seasonal flu, the virus is spread mainly through droplets when people sneeze or cough. But the contagiousness of COVID-19 is much greater, the disease can be spread while two people are talking.
“The unbelievable viral loads you see with corona virus this time around don’t happen with most other respiratory viruses“Gates said.
He took for example, if someone in the room has a cold without a mask, after an hour, almost everyone else in that room is healthy. But in the same room, if there is a COVID-19 patient without a mask, within 1 hour, “a high percentage“Others will get sick.
COVID-19 really resembles measles, Gates said. We made the mistake of taking preventive measures against the flu for this disease.
Additionally, Gates said COVID-19 is more dangerous than other diseases in that even asymptomatic patients can spread it to others. For people who have a cold or the flu, the infection window appears to only open when they have symptoms of sneezing, coughing and runny nose. However, this is also the time when most people are resting at home, so their risk of spreading the disease is very low.
COVID-19 is the opposite; someone can unknowingly become infected with the virus without having symptoms. He still works, goes to supermarkets and parks and is at high risk of spreading the virus to others.
But experts say by wearing a mask you can limit your chances of getting infected. Initially, scientists believed that only N95 masks or medical masks were effective for disease prevention. But later studies confirmed even Cloth masks can also stop new corona virus.
“Everything is clear as day, wearing a mask brings a huge benefit“Bill Gates said.
Dr. Anthony Fauci: The epidemic will be over
Gates and Jones’s new podcast series is titled “Bill Gates and Rashida JonesAsk Big Questions“As its name implies, Jones promises to work with the billionaire to find solutions for these “The biggest question we have to face today”.
And to tackle the conundrums of the COVID-19 pandemic, they invited Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House senior medical advisor, to participate in his first episode. Jones describes himself as a pessimist and Gates as an optimist.
They asked Dr. Anthony Fauci about epidemic prevention regulations such as mandatory masking in public, as well as the plan to initiate vaccination when they are licensed.
In response, Dr. Fauci said: “One of the things we are dealing with is the degree of fatigue everyone is experiencing. It’s amazing, it’s almost like a distortion of time.
“But, I want to tell People said: Don’t give up, the epidemic will end, science will help us with vaccines and therapies. Besides, if we pay attention to public health measures (like wearing a mask), we can completely control it “he added.