As vaccines are on trials for the novel Covid-19 virus, the masks we are so accustomed to wear by now, can also act as a vaccine for the virus, according to this medium article.
Vaccines involve injecting small weakened samples of the Virus
The reasoning is very simple, in vaccines a weakened sample of the pathogen, or it’s protein is injected into the body. This will stimulate the immune response of the body against the virus, giving one immunity against the virus.
With less amounts of virus entering our bodies with mask protection, it can act like a vaccine
Wearing masks significantly reduces the amount of viruses that can reach our nose and mouth, it cannot effectively prevent 100% of the virus from entering our bodies’ respiratory system but since the amount of virus that enters the body would be very small, it would not trigger the powerful effects of the virus that could potentially lead to illness and disease in severe form.
However, the very small amounts of virus that’s entered our bodies would trigger the bodies’ immune response to fight off the virus thus giving one immunity.
Thus wearing a mask is like a vaccine. It’s possible that one will get mildly affected but as discussed that helps in doing the job a covid vaccine otherwise would do.
The mask vaccine may not apply to people with bodies that have a low immune system
However, please keep in mind that this is applicable to bodies who have a good immune system. It is possible that bodies that don’t have a good immune system won’t have the power to fight even these small and weakened samples of the virus.
Therefore, besides wearing masks it’s a good practice to work on building our bodies’ immunity by eating healthy and doing exercises. Senior Citizens, children and people with ailments like diabetes, blood pressure, liver problems etc are vulnerable and need to be careful, and possibly avoid exposure to even these small amounts of the virus.
Note -: This is not medical advice, always do your research or consult a health expert for medical advise.