Transmission & Prevention
· Mask wearing contributes to controlling community spread of SARS-CoV-2. A review article conducted by researchers from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia discuss how widespread community masking has been shown in multiple studies to limit exhalation and inhalation of infectious virus, provide a barrier to large respiratory droplets to protect uninfected mask wearers, and is associated with decreased rates of infection and death from COVID-19 infection. Multilayer cloth masks have been shown to be more effective than single layer masks in some studies, however the prevalence of mask wearing outweighs the mask type. It is especially crucial to emphasize the importance of widespread masking and prevention efforts, especially with rising prevalence of more transmissible SARS-CoV-2 variants, until national vaccination administration reaches efficacious levels.