A new study is showing that one particular habit can reduce the transmission of COVID-19 by 75 percent, and it's something you've probably already done at least once.

The answer? Wearing a face mask.

As Idaho keeps reopening more and more with each stage, a new study is now finding that wearing a mask may really be the best defense against COVID-19. Imagine- what health officials have been telling us all along, is actually true?

Researchers at Hong Kong University find that COVID-19 transmission rates drop by as much as 75 percent when surgical masks are worn. That's huge!

According to microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung, who helped discover the SARS virus in 2003:

"The findings implied to the world and the public is that the effectiveness of mask-wearing against the coronavirus pandemic is huge."

The study looked at hamsters in cages that were outfitted with mask-like barriers. Without barriers, 66.7 percent of healthy hamsters were infected with COVID-19 within a week, but when a mask barrier was used, the infection rate dropped to 16.7 percent.

Sounds pretty logical to me: using a face mask is more effective than not. Only some places are requiring you to wear them inside their businesses as of now, but I'll be wearing mine in public at all times just to be sure I'm doing my part.