How important are #facemasks on a plane in the fight against coronavirus?

FLIGHTS now require plane passengers to wear face masks in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus. Not everyone is happy to sport such coverings though - so how effective are they?

PUBLISHED: 15:39, Fri, Sep 18, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:39, Fri, Sep 18, 2020

flights face masks coronavirus plane air travel safe dangerousFlights: A new study has revealed that yes, face masks are indeed vital (Image: Getty Images)

Face masks have become the norm in many areas of life during the COVID-19 pandemic. There has been confusion, however, regarding how well they work in the fight against the deadly virus. Travellers on flights are now told they have to wear them - but do they work?

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A new study has revealed that yes, face masks are indeed vital.

Harvard research has shown that the coverings are an “essential protective measure” against COVID-19.

The insight was shared in the technical bulletin “Face Mask Use in Air Travel,” released this week by Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Wearing face masks - and wearing them correctly - is “critical” in the fight against coronavirus, the report said.

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flights face masks coronavirus plane air travel safe dangerousFlights: Masks lower “the release of infectious particles into the environment” (Image: Getty Images)

It explained that the masks lower “the release of infectious particles into the environment.”

“The use of face masks is critically important throughout the air travel process, from entering the airport for departure to leaving the destination airport, because it diminishes the release of infectious particles into the environment,” the report stated.

Many passengers have railed against wearing face masks.

Delta

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