It is common knowledge that face masks are effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19. But there are still some skeptics...
People around the world have been encouraged (or forced, depending on location) for weeks to wear a mask when in public indoor places. However, the habit is difficult to form and some people doubt or outright deny their effectiveness. While others claim that they are dangerous to our health.
William Sanford Nye, better known as Bill Nye is a well known scientist, he hosted the children's educational show Bill Nye The Science Guy from 1993 to 1998 and later appeared frequently in the media.
In 2010, he received the "Humanist of the Year" award from the American Humanist Association
Noting that "not everyone listens" to the advice of scientists about wearing a mask, Bill decided to do an experiment on TikTok in order to raise awareness to this issue.
"Face masks...prevent particles from my respiratory system from getting into the air and getting into your respiratory system," he said in the video.
To demonstrate it, he wears a scarf and shows how this accessory blocks the movement of air. "It can block the movement of air, but only to a certain extent," he explains.
In the video, he blows out the candle with the scarf on his mouth and the candle goes out. Not very effective!
For the second part of the experiment, Bill takes a homemade facial mask, which has only two layers of cloth and a pipe cleaner.
It then blows on the candle and the flame barely moves. Very effective this time!
If you wear a mask, you will protect yourself and the people around you according to Bill Nye.
The scientist then does the same test with an N95 mask and as you would expect, it is very effective. The flame doesn't even flinch!
In his video, Bill urge people to wear masks in public:
"The reason we want you to wear a mask is to protect you, sure. But the main reason we want you to wear a mask is to protect me from you, and the particles from your respiratory system from getting into my respiratory system,"
He even insists even further: “Everybody, this is a matter – literally – of life and death. And when I use the word ‘literally’, I mean ‘literally’ a matter of life and death. “So when you’re out in public, please wear a mask.”
"So when you are in public, PLEASE wear a mask."
The experience couldn't be more clear. And the message too. The two videos have been commented on and shared thousands and thousands of times in less than a day.
And you, do you wear a mask in public?