More Masks, Less COVID
COVID is not over. Long COVID is a real and not uncommon affliction months after infection, including in children. As of February 2023, the USA has a COVID death count that is equivalent to one “9/11 attack weekly.” Canada’s deaths have similarly plateaued at a high rate.
There is no one “bullet-proof” protection, only layers. High-quality masks are one of those layers, a proven preventive strategy to prevent adults and children from getting or transmitting COVID-19 indoors or in crowds.
Don’t let your work, studies and fun get interrupted by COVID. Wear a mask, make others feel good about mask-wearing, advocate for making it the rule or norm in your places of work or study, until the pandemic is truly over— and in 2023, the pandemic is not over.
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Why should we prevent COVID infection?
COVID-19 Omicron might be weaker, but ‘letting it rip’ is not a smart idea (NBC News Opinion, Jan 28 2022)
Do masks prevent infection?
“I see many claims that masks don’t work…” (Dec 14. 2022)
Explainer Twitter thread about how masks work, with links to studies and other explainers, by Dr. Jeff Gilchrist (biomedical researcher, data scientist). Collected on this page for easier browsing.
Mask wearing in community settings reduces SARS-CoV-2 transmission (PNAS, May 31, 2022)
Masks and COVID-19 variants (Health, Jan 06 2022)
USC Researchers Simulate COVID-19 Classroom Transmission (USC Viterbi, May 2022)
An evidence review of face masks against COVID-19 (Jan 11, 2021)
Don’t get fooled by the politics!
Masks protect schoolkids from COVID, despite what anti-science politicians claim (Scientific American, Sept 16, 2021)
Upgrading your mask
The astounding physics of N95 masks (YouTube video from minutephysics, Jun 18, 2020)
Why you need a better mask (ie. an N95 or KN95) (John Hopkins University, Jan 25, 2022)
Masks for COVID: Updating the evidence (Jeremy Howard, July 2022)
This is one of our campaign graphics created for Creating COVID Campaigns, our graphic design/PSA “jam” at the end of September 2022 to encourage people to aspire to a COVID-free province.
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