The Lancet: Physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection to prevent person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis


This article was published on The Lancet, a medical journal based in London. The article was paid in part by WHO, but WHO did not hold responsibility of the information in the article. The authors include medical professionals, information specialists, and translators for Chinese literature.

This article focuses on a systematic review and meta-analysis of the currently published research studies of the effect of physical distance, face masks, and eye protection on transmission of SARS-CoV-2, SARS-CoV, and MERS-CoV. The authors analyzed 172 observational studies and 44 comparative studies.

The authors displayed information about the effectiveness of 2m physical distancing, higher degree of risk-reduction of N95 and other respirators, and no significant differences in effectiveness of face masks between health-care and non-health-care settings. For the full article, click here.

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