N-95 masks, don’t prevent the spread of coronavirus

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Nowadays, wearing masks is one of the most important things. Most people try to buy an N-95 mask as it is mostly recommended.

But recently the center has written to all states and union territories warning against the use of N-95 masks with a valved respirator by people, saying these don’t prevent the virus from spreading out and are “detrimental” to the measures adopted for its containment.

In a letter to the Principal Secretaries of health and medical education of states, the Director-General of Health Services in the Ministry of Health said it is observed that there is “inappropriate use” of N-95 face masks, particularly those with a valved respirator, by the public other than designated health workers.

He said in the letter “It is to bring to your knowledge that the use of valved respirator N-95 masks is detrimental to the measures adopted for preventing the spread of corona virus as it does not prevent the virus from escaping out of the mask. In view of the above, I request you to instruct all concerned to follow the use of face/mouth cover and prevent inappropriate use of N-95 masks,”

In April the government also advised using the homemade cover for the face and mouth and asking people to wear it whenever they go out. People can use homemade masks or simply fabric to cover their face. These face covers should be washed each day. Colour of face covers doesn’t matter, but whatever fabric a person uses to cover his/her face should be washed well in boiling water for five minutes and dried well before making the face cover. Adding salt to this water is recommended, it said. It also listed the procedures of making such homemade masks, asking to ensure it fits the face well and there are no gaps on the sides.

“Never share the face cover with anyone. Every member in the family should have a separate face cover,” the advisory stated.

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