When and how to use masks to prevent COVID-19
We are encountering a completely new outbreak around the world. A pandemic where a large number of people are falling prey to a deadly disease caused by a new virus; COVID-19 virus. The virus is lethal as it is highly contagious and has spread worldwide. The aggressive approach to finding a vaccine for the same is going on or we can say it is ambiguous as of now. Amongst the preventive measures it's very unusual to adopt specific guidelines. The alarming fact that the world today stands critical to fight this pandemic. This catastrophic condition has left us to wonder how much do we know about the COVID 19 virus? Or what can we do to save ourselves and our family??
Every day we learn and observe the trends to fight this pandemic, amongst some of the important alerts, social distancing, and use of face masks has proven utmost beneficial. Masks are effective at capturing droplets, which is a main transmission route of coronavirus, and cuts the chances of disease being passed on. As a result, masks are made mandatory in public places and it's the only weapon to combat this epidemic.
Here are some important points to use masks and DO‚ÄôS AND DON‚ÄôT while using a mask-
Who should use face mask-
- Those who are sick (coughing or sneezing, or any symptoms of disease)
- Those who are caregivers or interacting with ill people
- Those who are taking care of a person with suspected COVID-19 infection OR in workplace/marketplaces.
- Those who are Healthcare, frontline workers, community workers, or essential caretakers
- Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
How To Use face mask-
- Before putting on the mask, sanitize or clean your hands with soap water.
- Pinch the bendable metallic covering wire and press around the bridge of the nose and chin to make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
- Try not to touch the mask, if you do so, sanitize or clean your hands with soap water.
- Keep the mask intact and dry, ruling out the chances of any germ coming in direct contact with mouth and nose.
- While taking off the mask from the face, do not touch the mask in front.
- Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not reuse
- Wash your hands well or use sanitizer after discarding the mask.
At present hospitals and communities are in immense need of face masks. A shortage of medical equipment and face masks are noticed globally where America is facing the worst times in the past decades where even basic health equipment is not available. China on the other hand is making 200 million masks every single day, but in vain as the local demands and usage is so high that it could not meet the basic requirements during the coronavirus outbreak. The mask manufacturing industries are running at 110 percent capacities to meet the local demands.
The process of making masks is pretty lengthy and involves various stages of The situation calls for some serious thoughts to make wise use of masks.
Our current shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE)including face masks. Stores are running out as people stock up at home, and many hospitals are facing a huge crisis of masks and PPE. Looking into this unsettling situation our prime minister has urged to make use of reusable and washable masks.
The research studies show COVID-19 can travel up to 27 feet in the form of tiny droplets known as aerosols. In this instance wearing a cloth face-covering might be better. While choosing a mask for yourself make sure-
- If it fits you properly
- It breathes well and retains moisture
- How its put on and taken off
- How often it is used and washed/cleaned
Prevention of disease should become the goal of every individual. If you have any kind of respiratory illness, the best way to minimize transmission is to avoid other people, homestay. Practice good hand hygiene, use hand sanitizers, avoid touching your face, avoid public places, stay home and rest. We all know what to do to practice healthy habits and work together to make it harder for coronavirus to spread.