Can a face mask really protect you from Covid-19

It is only a few days till the month of May when face masks will be made compulsory in Lagos and some other states but will face masks really protect us from the Covid-19 virus?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), face masks are intended for individuals in the community, public health and infection prevention and control (IPC) professionals, health care managers, health care workers (HCWs), and community health workers.

Face masks contain filters that help trap dust particles, germs, and microorganisms before they come in contact with your face or nose which is a fertile breeding ground for the Covid-19 virus. If face masks are worn right, they can protect us from contamination to a very large extent, only if they are handled and worn rightly.

How should you wear a face mask?

– Wash Hands Regularly

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and sanitize your hands.

– Cover your mouth and nose completely with the mask and ensure there is no gap between your face and the mask.

– Avoid touching the face mask while it is still on. If that happens, wash your hands with soap and water and then finish up with a sanitizer.

– Do not re-use Mask

 Replace the face mask with a new one once it is damp and don’t re-use.

– Dispose of Mask Properly

Remove the face mask from behind and dispose of it in a bin immediately. Don’t forget to wash your hands thereafter.

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