Face masks meant to prevent asymptomatic people from spreading COVID-19 – NCDC

•A boy wearing two face-masks records with his phone during a football match for international women’s day in Abuja on March 5, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels TV

ABUJA – The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said the use of face masks is to help those who are asymptomatic from spreading COVID-19.

In a tweet on its handle, Thursday, the NCDC, shared the guideline on the use of face masks.

“This provides guidance on the effective use of masks in non-healthcare settings,”  the NCDC tweeted.

According to the agency, the use of face mask is primarily “to prevent those who
are infected but asymptomatic from spreading the virus.  Masks have to be properly disposed of in waste bins. Improper handling and frequently touching masks can increase the risk of infection.”

The advisory added that “Improvised masks are also an option – as long as they are properly washed regularly. They can be made out of cloth or other materials.”

Also, the advisory called on older persons who are above 60 years, and those with ongoing respiratory conditions,to wear masks.

The NCDC in the guideline, noted that the use of face masks should be in addition with other safety measures.

“The wearing of face masks alone will not protect against COVID-19, but must be combined with physical distancing, handwashing, respiratory
hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and other
advice from NCDC,” the body said.

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