The use of masks to reduce the spread of COVID-19 has been a controversial topic the world over. The South African National Department of Health has released a position statement on how to use masks.
The National Department of Health recommends the use of cloth face masks when in public to prevent the spread of the virus. This will assist in reducing the amount of virus droplets coughed up by people who are infected, but who may not display any symptoms. This does not replace the two more important prevention strategies: hand-washing, and social/physical distancing.
The public should be discouraged from using medical-use masks such as the N-95 masks, which are crucial supplies that must be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.
If you use a cloth face mask, it should be worn and cleaned correctly. More details on how to make and maintain your own cloth mask here.
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