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Posted: Sunday, September 13, 2020. 12:07 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Telegraph in the United Kingdom is reporting that emerging research suggests wearing masks may give people immunity to COVID-19.

The Telegraph says that the research was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, one of the most respected medical journals in the world.

The theory is regarded as “unproven but promising” and suggests that wearing a mask reduces the severity of illness by limiting the amount of the virus a person is exposed to at initial infection.

“Wearing masks could therefore reduce the infectious dose that the wearer is exposed to and, subsequently, the impact of the disease, as masks filter out some virus-containing droplets,” the Telegraph said. “If this theory bears out, researchers argue, then population-wide mask-wearing might ensure that a higher proportion of Covid-19 infections are asymptomatic.”

The article went on to say that emerging data is also suggesting that there can be strong immune responses from even mild or asymptomatic coronavirus infection. The researchers also believe that implementing
public health strategies such as universal mask-wearing could also increase population-wide immunity.

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