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Hygeine, masks important but not enough to curb virus: study

Jun 02, 2020 16:29 IST

A massive review of 172 studies in 16 countries by Canadian researchers has found that frequent handwashing and good hygiene are also critical to the prevention of virus spread along with other measures like wearing face masks and social distancing of one metre. Published in the Lancet journal, researchers found that while all these measures together are helpful, they cannot provide full protection. It was also found that current research is limited as most of our findings are based on evidence for SARS and MERS viruses. One of the authors cautioned that 'wearing a mask is not an alternative to physical distancing, eye protection or basic measures such as hand hygiene'

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