But she hasn’t stopped there. To brighten up these gloomy times, the designer is offering an artisanal-made face mask which, once worn, may be planted in a garden or possibly a pot and come to be flowers.
It is also instructive to take into consideration the per capita chance of infection in relation to the proportion with the population wearing facemasks as well as the unwanted effects of fomite infection, due to poor compliance and ineffective facemasks. When the fomite parameter for infection is at 0% (good compliance and facemask), facemask wearers benefit over non-facemask wearers along with the possibility of infection drops with increasing proportion in the population wearing facemasks. As the proportion of mask wearers increases, the huge benefits to both facemask wearers and non-facemask wearers increase (figure 8a).
We see that if facemask wearing were to incur a susceptibility penalty—with the fomite parameter increased by 100% and no protection against droplet inhalation, while retaining the 50% lowering of droplet exhalation—there remains to be an internet benefit to the populace. In this scenario, the mask wearers are personally worse off until about 65% from the human population is wearing masks, at which point the facemask wearers become best than if nobody in the people was wearing facemasks (figure 8b). When compliance and facemask wearing have become bad (300% boost in fomite susceptibility with exactly the 50% decline in droplet exhalation), non-mask wearers have reached a bonus, but an incredibly counterintuitive finding is obvious in this, until about 80% facemask adoption, there remains fabric profit to the populace as a whole, along with a greater benefit for non-mask wearers. This non-intuitive result can be simply because that, while an individual is created considerably more susceptible, this can be over counteracted through the reduced infectiousness of several individuals. These facemask wearers will contract the disease, but not as likely to infect others (particularly non-facemask wearers) once infected.