Viral posts on social media platforms have claimed that wearing masks protect against coronavirus.
Wearing mask protect everyone from coronavirus
After the outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan China, there have been panic among global population which is normal. In a bid to protect themselves from being infected, a big number of the population started using mask.
As the virus spread around the world, buying mask by people to protect themselves from coronavirus became a trend. It is unknown where the conclusion came from that masks protect from coronavirus but viral posts and broadcast messages on social media has been circulating urging people to wear mask to protect against COVID-19.
It is misleading. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that wearing medical mask cannot protect against coronavirus when used alone. And the wearing of mask is definitely not for everyone.
The WHO only recommends wearing of mask for an healthy person if they are taking care of of a person with suspected 2019-nCoV infection. Or if they are coughing or sneezing.
And even in the above scenarios, masks are not effective on their own. Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
The main purpose of mask is to help prevent the spread of droplets from a person’s cough or sneeze. And the virus can spread from one person to another through droplets of saliva or mucus carried in the air for up to six feet or so when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The mask in this case can most likely protect from the droplet.
It is also important to note that while the virus might be contacted through droplets, it can also be contacted by touching contaminated surfaces.
Touching or shaking hands with a person who has the virus can pass the virus between individuals.
While mask can be very helpful to medical professionals taking care of infected people, it is largely unnecessary for the general public according to the U.S. Surgeon general, Jerome M. Adams who urged Americans to stop buying masks.
To protect yourself from coronavirus, follow these instructions from Centers for Disease Contol and Prevention (CDC)
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
The the viral social media claims that wearing masks protect everyone from coronavirus is misleading. CheckingFact reached this conclusion based on information from WHO and other leading health organizations working around the clock to contain Covid-19