Contrary to popular opinion, not having a mask does not necessarily put you at any increased risk of contracting the corona virus. This is primarily because they are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching the disease. However, if health care providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!
A shortage of masks, gloves, and other protective gear “is putting lives at risk from the new corona virus and other infectious diseases” warned the World Health Organization (WHO). A frightened public has been buying up masks and other equipment, leaving limited supplies for health care workers who need the gear the most.
The best way to protect against the virus is to wash hands regularly, and for those who are feeling ill to seek professional medical help and stay home.
Health officials around the world have been imploring the public to stop buying masks if they are healthy or not caring for someone who is ill. Medical professionals need a large supply of the masks because they are in direct contact with infected patients and must change their masks repeatedly.
There are limits to how a mask can protect you from being infected, the most important thing everyone can do is wash your hands, keep your hands away from your face and observe very precise hygiene. A person is more likely to get infected by touching contaminated surfaces than from a droplet traveling through the air.
There is no role for these masks in the community. They need to be prioritized for health care professionals that as part of their job are taking care of individuals.
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