In the video: This is what hygienist Dr. Tin to study
Is there anything wrong with the theory? We have that Dr. Georg-Christian Zinn, Director of the Bioscientia Hygiene Center, asked. You can see the answer in the video. But how did the researchers come up with the idea? We explain that to you here.
What is the theory about?
In an article published in the “New England Journal of Medicine”, Monica Ghandi and George Rutherford from the University of California in San Francisco describe that everyday masks could also help in the long term in the fight against Corona – more than expected! Her theory: If people who do not know that they are already infected come into contact with healthy people and both wear a mask, then the mouth and nose covering helps especially those who are not infected. The mask catches some of the droplets with the other person’s viruses. The number of pathogens that still reach him is in the best case so low that no infection takes place. As far as known.
However, the researchers now believe that the small amount of virus, which is not enough to make us sick, nevertheless ensures that the immune system reacts sufficiently to build up immunity. So the fact that we are potentially regularly exposed to very small doses of the virus through the masks could be enough to build up herd immunity, according to the theory.
Is the amount of virus really important?
“Ultimately, combating the pandemic will involve reducing both the infection rate and the severity of the course of the disease,” the researchers conclude on their theory. “There’s growing evidence to suggest that population-wide face mask wear helps in both cases.”