We have recently surpassed the one-year anniversary since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Scientists have vigorously studied the virus and gathered insight about preventative measures citizens can take to help slow the spread and prevent becoming ill. However, the world is still updating the public on new, more effective ways we can help put the pandemic behind us and get back to a world of normalcy. With so much being thrown to the media each day, it is hard for people to categorize fact from fiction. Dr. Cory Harow, an emergency medicine specialist, wants one thing to become clear from this article; wearing two masks is extremely beneficial in helping slow the spread of the deadly virus. This article is here to explain why that is and how it can help.
Harow graduated from Stony Brook University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Chicago. He is currently an emergency medicine physician at the West Boca Medical Center in North Palm Beach, Florida. With almost twenty years of experience, he treats patients with life-threatening conditions including heart attacks, overdoses, shocks or massive bleedings. He is affiliated with numerous hospitals throughout the state and also has licenses to practice medicine in Illinois and Massachusetts.
Dr. Cory Harow was recently interviewed by CBS 12 News to discuss the coronavirus pandemic. After the CDC came out with a new recommendation that involves double masking to increase levels of safety, they asked Harow what his thoughts were and whether or not he thinks the strategy will work. Harow stated, “So, it does. It’s actually remarkable how much additional benefit double masking can be. The CDC has done a significant amount of research on this because it is so important and so relevant these days. They have found that just simply wearing a second mask on top of your original mask can increase your efficiency by about 50%, which is tremendous.” The anchorwoman went on to ask if there are any masks people should avoid wearing. Dr. Harow responded by saying, “So, with masking, the number one thing is to choose a mask and wear it. If you’re comfortable with a mask, it’s so much better than finding the best mask which doesn’t fit and you don’t like it and then you don’t wear it.” No matter what mask you are wearing, it is always safer to have one than to not.
After hitting an all-time high of 300,619 coronavirus cases in a single day in the United States on January 8th, vaccines are now being distributed all across the globe and scientists are noticing a steady decline in the number of cases and deaths. However, that does not mean we are out of the woods just yet. Until enough people receive both doses of the vaccine and the virus is completely under control, we must continue to wear masks and practice social distancing from others.
The virus itself will never actually go away, the population will have to learn to live with it once it is safe to do so. Like the flu and measles, vaccines will not stop all deaths from occurring due to the disease. Once society is able to live with the coronavirus, things will hopefully feel more normal. We encourage everyone to follow the CDC guidelines and continue to do their part to help put an end to the pandemic.