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Mask Alone Cannot Protect You – NCDC Issues Advisory On Use Of Cloth Mask

The Director-Normal of the Nigeria Middle for Illness Management (NCDC), Chikwe Iheweazu,


The Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) has issued an advisory on using fabric face masks.

The illness management company in a tweet through its official deal with mentioned on Wednesday that bodily distancing stays important in defending oneself from COVID-19.

The company added that face masks alone just isn’t the type of safety as a result of the virus is primarily unfold via respiratory droplets when an contaminated individual coughs, sneezes or talks.

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“Keep in mind, fabric face masks are for use as an extra layer of bodily distancing; a masks alone can’t shield you from #COVID19

“Please proceed to keep up a distance of two metres between your self and others always to remain protected,” the NCDC tweeted

Using fabric face masks starting from Ankara material to different materials has been on the rise in Nigeria.

The NCDC in its full advisory urged Nigerians to proceed to clean their palms continuously, keep away from giant gatherings and cling to different pointers that are listed under;

1. Avoiding giant gatherings.

2. Bodily distancing by sustaining a distance of two metres between your self and others.

three. Common handwashing with cleaning soap below working water.

three. Frequent cleansing of surfaces with cleaning soap and water or disinfectants.

Who mustn’t put on a fabric masks?

In line with the NCDC, fabric face masks, that are a handy substitute to medical face masks for COVID-19, ought to NOT be worn by people who’re at excessive threat for issues because of the illness.

The next teams are suggested to put on MEDICAL face masks as an alternative of fabric face masks.

1. Well being care employees and people caring for the unwell.

2. These experiencing respiratory signs like coughing and sneezing.

three. The aged and people with power medical circumstances.

Dos and Don’ts of cloths face masks

1. DO wash your palms continuously with cleaning soap below working water to keep away from contamination.

2. DO adhere to social distancing measures and keep at house as a lot as potential.

three. DO put on a masks earlier than leaving your house for important companies.

four. DO put on masks made with at the very least three layers of material.

5. DON’T use a fabric face masks on kids below the age of two years.

6. DON’T attempt on new masks from distributors or put on instantly after buying; Wash earlier than first use.

7. DON’T reuse a fabric face masks earlier than it has been washed and dried.

eight. DON’T go away a used face masks on uncleaned surfaces or within the attain of babies whereas not in use.

9. DON’T pull down your masks to cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your bent elbow over the masks till you’ll be able to safely take away the masks for laundry.

Dealing with and care of fabric face masks

Since fabric face masks are reusable, it is extremely essential to deal with correctly to keep away from the additional unfold of infectious brokers.

1. Be sure that the masks has been washed and is unused earlier than first put on.

2. Wash your palms with cleaning soap below working water earlier than touching the masks.

three. If water just isn’t obtainable, use a hand sanitiser.

four. Cowl your nostril and mouth utterly with the masks ensuring it suits snuggly with no open gaps.

5. Keep away from touching or adjusting the masks whereas it’s on.

6. Wash or sanitise your palms earlier than eradicating the masks by the straps.

7. Wash the masks instantly with cleaning soap or detergent.

eight. Earlier than reuse, iron the masks.

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