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COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that is spread either through respiratory droplets or contacts by human-to-human transmission. Any person who is in close proximity (within 1 meter) to someone who has respiratory symptoms (coughing or sneezing) are at risk of being infected with the disease.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in order to limit the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19, wearing a medical mask is one of the preventive measures. However, it is not sufficient enough to provide an adequate level of protection. Using them must be combined with appropriate hand hygiene and other IPC (Infection Prevention and Control) measures to prevent the person-to-person transmission.
Wearing a mask, although is not always required unless a person is sneezing, coughing, taking care of infected persons etc. Moreover, the face masks are effective in reducing the risk of transmission only if used correctly.
While wearing a mask, it is essential to wear it correctly to ensure its effectiveness in reducing the risk of transmission.
Here are the Tips to use Masks correctly:
Just as the methods on how to wear masks, when to use them is equally important. Here are few tips on when to use face masks:
It is possible that the use of mask might even increase the risk of infection, due to a false sense of security and contact between hands and eyes or mouth while using them, which is why it is important to be precautious while wearing them.
The spread of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) also known as the novel coronavirus, in spite of the significant steps taken by various countries to prevent the transmission, have initiated the need for us to take the necessary steps in this regard.
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