As the COVID-19 transmission rate plunges, experts feel it’s time for mandatory masking to go

India has recorded less than two COVID-19 cases per million people for several weeks now, active coronavirus cases have fallen below 25,000 and daily new cases have dropped to below 2,000. After a drastic fall in COVID-19 infections, medical experts are starting to debate whether the use of masks to protect against the coronavirus should be made optional rather than mandatory. Since the end of March 2020, the government has been urging everyone above 5 years of age to wear a mask when around others outside their home as part of COVID-19-appropriate behaviour. Research has established that a properly fitted mask considerably reduces the risk of transmission of respiratory diseases like COVID-19. Non-surgical N95 masks offer the most protection followed by KN95 and surgical masks. View More…