Recently, the news is buzzing about COVID-19 super spreaders, which are individuals who appear to carry a strong viral load and can quickly flood a room with the coronavirus-infected respiratory droplets. However, can masks prevent the spread? Yes, masks can help.
8. The Danger of COVID-19 Super Spreaders
The majority of people who have COVID-19 do not flood the air with potent droplets, but some individuals who are severely ill can rapidly fill a room with 7.4 million copies of the virus for each cubic meter of air in the space, according to Michael Riediker and his associate Dai-Hua Tsai of the Swiss Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health in Winterthur.
Riediker stated, “The implications of these findings for everyday life and the workplace are that individuals may be at risk of infection if they spend more than a few minutes in a small room with a person who is infected with COVID-19 and has a high viral load.”
7. Masks to Stop COVID-19 Super Spreaders
A mask can help stop a COVID-19 super spreader from spreading the potentially fatal coronavirus. The mask traps the virus-laden respiratory droplets and prevents them from being flung out into the air every time someone sneezes, coughs, sings, or talks loudly.
Dr. Aaron Glatt, Chair of Medicine and Chief of Infectious Diseases at Mount Sinai South Nassau, states about the groundbreaking study that it “highlights the importance of wearing a mask. Wearing a mask clearly helps, and it will diminish the capacity of these super spreaders to spread as much.”