People at high risk of COVID-19 Should not use Cloth Face Masks- NCDC

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has said even though the cloth face masks are a convenient substitute to medical face masks for the current global situation, it should not be worn by individuals who are at high risk for complications due to COVID-19.

NCDC said this on Friday, while issuing an advisory on a cloth face masks.

The group of people NCDC listed to make medical face masks a necessity include; 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.

They insisted that those using the cloth masks must wear it in combination with other containment measures.

These measures according to NCDC include avoiding large gatherings, physical distancing by maintaining a distance of 2 metres between yourself and others, regular handwashing with soap under running water, and frequent cleaning of surfaces with soap and water or disinfectants.

The NCDC is the advisory noted that COVID-19 was primarily spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.

Also in response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria, it 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.

Noting that the government of Nigeria has mandated the use of face masks in public, NCDC said due to the global shortage of medical face masks several countries are turning to alternatives to medical face masks for the general public.

According to the NCDC, 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.


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