Preventing Coronavirus: When & When Not To Wear A Face Mask

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Updated On - August 25, 2020 Dr Jisha Gomez
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Did you know that the No. 1 way to prevent coronavirus isn’t wearing a face mask? Even though the masks are visible on people wherever you see, it is not at all effective in preventing the general public from catching coronavirus.

Here are 8 things you should know about – who should wear a mask, when to wear it & more:

  1. Healthy & uninfected people shouldn’t wear masks”, says centers of disease control and prevention.
  2. Wearing a mask is not necessary unless you’re
    Sick
    – Living with someone who is diagnosed with COVID-19.
    – Traveling to a crowded area.
    – Above 50 yrs of age.
    – Just out from Corona infected area.
    Visiting in a hospital.
    – A doctor, nurse or health care professional treating patients with flu-like symptoms.
  3. Masks are critical for people who have the disease or even show symptoms of COVID-19. It helps prevent the spread of infection.
  4. Masks help health care workers, who are constantly in close contact with lots of sick people coughing in their faces, to avoid infection.
  5. If you’re living with an infected person or, perhaps, if you live in an area with a very high rate of disease in the community, it’s better to wear a mask.
  6. A regular surgical mask is sufficient against coronavirus. It keeps out cough droplets which is just fine.
  7. Not washing your hands frequently and touching your face with bare hands is far worse than not wearing a mask.
  8. As the supply of face masks isn’t able to meet the demand, it’s better if you stop buying them. Leaving the masks to the health care workers is more important. They need the mask more than we do and if they’re not protected well, our entire community is at risk!

Keep yourself and others safe!
Read more on: How to protect yourself from coronavirus?

References:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/respirator-use-faq.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-face-mask-symptoms-prevent-protect/
https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/do-masks-prevent-sickness-coronavirus-guide-what-do-not-do-ncna1154641
https://www.businessinsider.in/science/news/face-masks-arent-a-very-effective-way-to-prevent-the-spread-of-coronavirus-experts-say-despite-spiking-sales/articleshow/73599490.cms

About Author

Dr Jisha Gomez
She is a highly skilled dermatology physician with strong expertise in improving skin & hair health through the development of corrective treatment combinations. She completed her Post-graduate Diploma in Dermatology from Cardiff, UK & Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine (FAM) from the Institute of Laser and Aesthetic Medicine, Delhi with over 5+ years experience treating skin patients. She has worked in Government hospitals in Trivandrum and Bangalore. She is actively involved in creating awareness for healthy skin, breaking the social stigma based on skin colour & stopping steroid abuse in our country.