It has been said the umpteenth time that wearing masks and gloves as precaution against coronavirus is ineffective, unnecessary for the vast majority of people.
According to a report on sowetanlive.co.za, experts says masks may even spread the infections faster but many people seem not to listen to this advice.
The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) precautionary measures have been consistently about washing your hands often, don’t touch your face and keeping your distance.
It is advisable to wear a protective mask in public if you suspect you are infected or someone you are caring for is, in which case the advice is to stay home whenever possible AND NOT RELY ON MASK ONLY.
WHO says it is health workers who are treating infected people that primarily need protective masks. 89 million masks are needed monthly to treat Covid-19 cases.
Media reports indicated that are already scarcity of masks for medical professionals around the world and this problem could get worse as the pandemic drags on.
It is however surprising that the message about mask has not been been well adhered to.
French Health Minister, Oliview Veran says he is taken aback to see lots people wearing masks. “”I’m surprised to see through the window in my ministry lots of people in the street wearing masks when that doesn’t correspond to our recommendations”.
Meanwhile researches reveal that the news about wearing masks was made popular by ‘fake news’ doing the round on the social media.
Experts warn that wearing masks may give people who wear them a false sense of security, as many who wear mask may ignore more important precautionary measures like washing of hands and keeping social distance.
After washing the thorough washing of hands, people wearing mask must ensure it is air tight and should not touch it once it is on.
Meanwhile, observations reveal that people are always re-adjusting their masks – some put them off for a while and wear them later. All these inconsistent measures are dangerous and lead to vulnerability.
It is advisable for anyone who has come across the virus to wear mask.
Gloves, similarly, don’t greatly heighten protection and could even end up making you sick.
“If people cannot stop touching their face, gloves will not serve a purpose,” Amesh Adalja, from Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told AFP.
One 2015 study in the American Journal of Infection control found that people touch their face on average 20 times an hour.
The novel coronavirus is transmitted via skin contact, transferring infected globules of mucus via the ears, eyes or nose.
“Gloves are not a substitute for washing your hands,” said Adalja, adding that surgical gloves should only be used in a medical setting.