Wearing a face mask makes you more attractive to the opposite sex, research shows

According to a new study, people who wear face masks are considered more attractive than when they have nothing in front of their face.

Face masks have become a common occurrence across Britain in response to the global Covid pandemic.

And researchers at Cardiff University claim the masks make both men and women more attractive to the eye.

The study, which began in February 2021, asked 43 women to rate images of men for attractiveness.

According to a new study, people who wear face masks are considered more attractive than when they have nothing in front of their face.

According to a new study, people who wear face masks are considered more attractive than when they have nothing in front of their face.

The photos were shown wearing two different types of face masks, with a book partially covering the faces and with nothing covering the faces at all.

Both a blue medical mask and a regular cloth mask were used in the study, and the participants said those faces wearing surgical masks were the most attractive.

dr. Michael Lewis of the university’s psychology school said the research showed that our preferences have changed over time — with face masks making a person less attractive before the pandemic.

He said: ‘Our study suggests that faces are considered most attractive when covered in medical face masks. This may be because we are used to health professionals wearing blue masks and now we associate them with people in healthcare or medical professions. At a time when we feel vulnerable, we may find wearing medical masks reassuring and feel more positive towards the wearer.”

The photos were shown with two different types of face masks, with a book partially covering the faces and with nothing covering the faces at all (stock image)

The photos were shown with two different types of face masks, with a book partially covering the faces and with nothing covering the faces at all (stock image)

The photos were shown with two different types of face masks, with a book partially covering the faces and with nothing covering the faces at all (stock image)

Lewis added that it was possible that face masks made people more attractive because it focused the participants’ attention on the eyes.

The results of the study have been published in the journal Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications — while results of a second study, in which men were asked to rate women’s attractiveness, have not yet been released, but Dr. Lewis said the results were similar.

It comes after another study, conducted in Florida, in the US, suggested that face masks could dramatically slow the spread of Covid by halving the distance infectious particles can travel.

Researchers at the University of Central Florida found that droplets emitted by infected people when they speak can float up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) in the air. Coughing pushes them even further, up to about 4.5 ft.

But the particles, which can carry Covid, only travel about 2 ft when people wear cloth masks.

Three-layer disposable masks worked even better, reducing the distance traveled by the droplets to just 0.5 ft.

Experts argued that the findings provided evidence that strict social distancing guidelines can be safely relaxed as long as masks are worn.

The above shows the distance that droplets travel from someone when they spoke or coughed for five minutes while unmasked, wearing a cloth mask or wearing a disposable mask.  Standard disposable masks have three layers

The above shows the distance that droplets travel from someone when they spoke or coughed for five minutes while unmasked, wearing a cloth mask or wearing a disposable mask.  Standard disposable masks have three layers

The above shows the distance that droplets travel from someone when they spoke or coughed for five minutes while unmasked, wearing a cloth mask or wearing a disposable mask. Standard disposable masks have three layers

Covid can linger in bathrooms for 20 minutes, study shows

Covid can linger and remain contagious in showers and steam rooms for at least 20 minutes after an infected person has left, a study suggests.

Researchers at the University of Bristol found that the SARS-CoV-2 virus thrives in moist or humid environments.

Until now, studies of how contagious the coronavirus is in different environments have relied on an imprecise method of injecting viral particles into sealed vessels.

But they didn’t accurately replicate the nuances that occur when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or breathes in a real-life environment.

Now scientists have developed the most accurate method for tracking this process.

They found that when the virus particles leave the moist conditions of the lungs and get into the air, they dry out quickly.

But at 90 percent humidity — the equivalent of a steam or shower room — half the particles were still infectious after five minutes.

After 20 minutes, about 10 percent of the virus remained contagious.

The World Health Organization still recommends that people stay six feet apart in public areas and avoid crowds and large gatherings.

England abolished the controversial ‘one meter plus’ rule last year, but No10 still advises people to avoid close contact with anyone they don’t live with.

In Scotland, ‘one metre’ is required in pubs, bars and restaurants, and in Wales, ‘two metres’ is required in public areas.

The US also still has social distancing of up to 6 feet in some places, but it has said that children wearing masks in schools are only required to keep 3 feet away.

Evidence on how Covid is spreading since the start of the pandemic.

Policymakers originally urged people to wash their hands because of fears the virus would spread by touching contaminated surfaces.

But since then, several studies have suggested that the pathogen spreads primarily through the air.

As with other respiratory illnesses, Covid patients emit tiny droplets of virus when they breathe, speak or sing.

Once these are suspended in the air, they can be ingested by another person, which can spread the infection.

Scientists asked 14 participants — ages 20 to 30 — to say a sentence and cough for five minutes.

It is thought that none of the participants had Covid when they took the test, although it is not clear how the results would change in an infected person.

They were asked to conduct the experiment under three scenarios, according to the study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Specialized machines kept track of how far the individuals’ droplets traveled in all directions.

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