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Global Upfront Newspapers (GUN) presents advisory warning from NCDC on the use of cloth face masks

Global Upfront Newspapers (GUN) presents advisory warning from NCDC on the use of cloth face masks

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COVID-19 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria, NCDC advises the use of face masks as an additional layer of physical distancing to help block the spread of respiratory droplets from person to person.

Recently, additional measures have been put in place in Nigeria by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari to help curb community transmission of COVID-19.

The Federal Government of Nigeria has mandated the use of face masks or coverings in public. However, restrictions on social and religious gatherings remain in place.

Due to the global shortage of medical face masks several countries are turning to alternatives to medical face masks for the general public.

A cloth face mask, made out of everyday fabric can act as a barrier to respiratory droplets but cannot completely protect you from COVID-19.

To protect yourselves and loved ones from COVID-19, cloth face masks must be worn in combination with:

Avoiding large gatherings

Physical distancing by maintaining a distance of 2 metres between yourself and others

Regular handwashing with soap under running water

Frequent cleaning of surfaces with soap and water or disinfectants

Who Should Not Wear a Cloth Mask

Cloth face masks are a convenient substitute to medical face masks for the current global situation but they should NOT be worn by individuals who are at a high risk for complications due to COVID-19.

The following groups are advised to wear MEDICAL face masks:

Health care workers and those caring for the ill

Those experiencing respiratory symptoms like coughing and sneezing

The elderly and those with chronic medical conditions

DO wash your hands frequently with soap under running water to avoid contamination

Dos and Don’ts of Cloth Face Masks

DO adhere to social distancing measures and stay at home as much as possible

DO wear a mask before leaving your home for essential services

DO wear masks made with at least 3 layers of fabric

DON’T use a cloth face mask on children under the age of 2 years

DON’T try on new masks from vendors or wear immediately after purchasing; Wash before first use

DON’T reuse a cloth face mask before it has been washed and dried

DON’T leave a used face mask on uncleaned surfaces or in the reach of small children while not in use

DON’T pull down your mask to cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your bent elbow over the mask until you can safely remove the mask for washing

Handling and Care of Cloth Face Masks
Because they are reusable, it is very important that cloth face masks are handled and cared for properly to avoid the further spread of infectious agents.

Please adhere to the following guidelines for the use of cloth face masks:

Make sure the mask has been washed and is unused before first wear

Wash your hands with soap under running water before touching the mask. If water is not available, use a hand sanitiser

Cover your nose and mouth completely with the mask making sure it fits snuggly with no open gaps

Avoid touching or adjusting the mask while it is on

Wash or sanitise your hands before removing the mask by the straps

Wash the mask immediately with soap or detergent and allow to dry completely in the sun

Before re-use, iron the mask

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