We would like to provide the following information as many Politicians still provide conflicting information about wearing masks along with certain Health Care Representatives.
We hope this information, directly from the WHO, will provide a clear understanding of when and how to use these important masks.
In our opinion, N95 masks are a required part of PPE for all health care providers, front line works, doctors, nurses (anyone who will come in direct contact with an infected person of COVID-19) and including those who take care of loved ones in home. These N95 masks are to be worn by healthy humans and not infected.
If you are infected or show signs of COVID-19 you may use a cloth mask or scarf when in public places as not to spread COVID-19 when coughing or sneezing. With strickter guidelines being imposed by many Countries currently, it is also advisable to wear a cotton mask when in public places as Asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 do exist and this would reduce the spread of the virus.
The following is provided from the WHO website: Here
When to use a mask
- If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected 2019-nCoV infection.
- Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
- Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly.
When and how to wear medical masks to protect against coronavirus
- Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
- Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.
- To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
Monday, April 6, 2020