Effectiveness of masks in the suppression of COVID-19 cases during the ongoing pandemic in India, TAPPI Journal October 2022

Application: This study shows that extra precautions like wearing face masks helped stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2 along, with vaccinations.

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Author: Shreyas Ganesh, Mirza M.O. Khyum, Kenneth N. Kikanme, and Seshadri Ramkumar
Effectiveness of masks in the suppression of COVID-19 cases
ABSTRACT: Perhaps the worst predicament faced by humanity in the twenty-first century is the COVID-19 pandemic, which is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Most parts of the world, including India, went into lockdowns for some period because of the massive increase in cases throughout 2020. Face masks became an important counter-measure for protecting the populace, health professionals, and medics, particularly during the period prior to the mass availability of vaccines. This study intends to evaluate the effectiveness of face masks in limiting the spread of the virus. The data for the number of COVID-19 cases was analyzed from January 1, 2022 to May 31, 2022, using Python programming. This timeframe involved face mask mandates and no mask requirement, and hence was considered to be ideal for analyzing the usefulness of face masks. A decline in cases during the mandate was observed, while the opposite occurred without the mandate. The outcome of the research showed that face masks are effective additional measures against the spread of SARS-CoV-2. This study elevates the value of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as face masks, made with nonwovens and other fabrics, as lifesavers in the case of airborne diseases such as COVID-19 and other pulmonary disorders.

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