There are two main ways you can catch coronavirus
One way is to spend 15 minutes indoors, face to face with someone who is infected AND for both of you to have no face covering. A mask can help here, but the chances of this happening is low
The other far more common way is to touch an infected surface and then transfer the virus on your hand to your mouth nose and eyes. This is 6 times more likely to happen than option one and wearing a cloth mask makes this EVEN MORE LIKELY.
Here’s why wearing a cloth mask makes virus transfer MORE likely
The latest Office for National Statistics survey of July 31st 2020 found that just 1 in 1500 people are infected with Coronavirus
The chance you’ll come close up, face to face with an infected person for 15 minutes indoors when neither of you are masked is pretty remote. For most people it’s really unlikely
However think about option two, this isn’t about a chance meeting. When an infected person touches, breaths, coughs or sneezes on, or near a hard surface they leave behind a viable virus that can live for up to 3 days on Stainless steel.
If you touch that surface and then touch your face, mouth eyes or nose there’s a high chance you’ll get the virus.
And guess what people do when they wear hot, itchy, sweaty cloth masks? That’s right they touch their faces A LOT
That’s why there’s so much focus on hand washing, and why ClearShield is the safer choice because people wearing ClearShield touch their faces far less than those wearing cloth masks
Let’s look at some numbers to see your chance of contracting coronavirus by touch
The average London tube station has 17,000 travellers a day touching, breathing sneezing and coughing on doors, buttons railings escalators.
According to the ONS survey at least 10 of these people WILL be infected and infectious. Separate research shows this virus will live for up to 72 hours on stainless steel so those surfaces will probably have virus from 30 or more people.
And you will touch one of these surfaces and then, if you are wearing cloth mask you’ll touch your face.
And that’s the most common way to get coronavirus.