Professor Yuen Kwok-yung of Hong Kong University discusses how surgical mask partitions effectively reduced the transmission of the coronavirus between hamsters on Sunday. Photo: May Tse

Coronavirus: hamster research shows effectiveness of masks ‘huge’ in Covid-19 battle, Hong Kong scientists say

  • Hamsters placed in adjoining cages with infected subjects were infected at a 66.7 per cent rate; the introduction of a barrier saw the percentage drop to 16.7
  • ‘It shows very clearly that if infected hamsters or humans … put on masks, they actually protect other people,’ HKU’s Dr Yuen Kwok-yung says
Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
Professor Yuen Kwok-yung of Hong Kong University discusses how surgical mask partitions effectively reduced the transmission of the coronavirus between hamsters on Sunday. Photo: May Tse
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