Prayer #124: For Face Masks and the COVID-19 Virus
Like most of us, no doubt know, the use of a face mask, especially when indoors or when in close proximity to others, is a very effective way to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, which is carried in aerosols emitted from the mouth. Recently, a study done in Australia indicated that for homemade face masks, two or three layers are much more effective than a single layer of cloth. The study, published in the medical journal Thorax, showed that a single layer of cloth was effective in reducing droplets emitted during speaking, but a double layer was better at preventing the expulsion of droplets coming from coughing or sneezing. The researchers employed LED lighting and a high-speed camera to record the droplet aerosols given off from a healthy individual through various types of face masks while speaking, coughing, and sneezing.
The Center for Diseases Control (CDC) has posted guidelines on its website on how to sew a face mask for maximum effectiveness. The most effective mask, the Australian study determined, was a surgical mask, but double-layered homemade masks still provide good protection and prevention of the spread of the virus.
Pray that the widespread use of face masks would be effective in preventing the spread and advance of the COVID-19 virus. Pray for wisdom and alertness for all in putting the masks on when the situation warrants it. Continue to pray that by God's hand and through His mighty power, the Coronavirus will be eradicated.
Ps: 62:11: "Once God has spoken; twice I have heard this: that power belongs to God."