Social distancing and masks reduce risk of getting Coronavirus, review finds

Stay 6 feet apart. And, while you’re at it, wear a face covering.

The “most comprehensive study to date” found that physical distance and perhaps the use of a mask were the best ways to prevent coronavirus transmission.

The study, published in the Lancet medical journal Monday, found people should stay at least three feet apart — and more if possible.

The review of various published studies, paid for by the World Health Organization, had three main findings:

  • Physical distancing: The chance of transmission at a distance of less than 1 meter (3.3 feet) was 12.8%, while that fell to 2.6% at a distance of more than 1 meter (3.3 feet). It added that distances of 2 meters (6.6 feet) could be more effective. It said that the certainty of the evidence was “moderate.”
  • Face masks: The chance of transmission without a face mask or respirator (like an N95 mask) was 17.4%, while that fell to 3.1% when a mask was worn. However, the certainty of the evidence was “low.”
  • Eye protection: The chance of transmission without eye protection was put at 16%, compared to 5.5% with some form of eye protection like a face shield, visor, goggles or glasses. However, the certainty of the evidence was “low.”


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