Can a face mask really protect you from Covid-19

It is funny that last year, we never thought that we would come to a place where we will be talking about face masks and now, it is only a few days till the month of May when face masks will be made compulsory in Lagos as well as in 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.

It is noteworthy that body fluids passed through coughing and sneezing can transmit the Covid-19 virus hence, face masks are necessary especially in this period when we cannot tell if the people we encounter when we are out, are infected.

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 your hands thoroughly with soap and water and sanitize your hands with an alcohol based hand sanitizer, before putting on your face mask.

– 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.

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

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

Staying safe and healthy brings peace of mind, so please ensure that you don’t miss out on any information that can help you. Do you have your face masks already? Share with us in the comment box.

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