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N95: Are you wearing the right mask? Govt warns against use of ones with valved respirators

Vishnu Vasisht

The speed of Coronavirus cases in India is increasing. In the last 24 hours, more than 37 thousand new corona cases have been reported in the country and 587 people have lost their lives. The Center has written a letter to all states and union territories and has issued a warning against wearing N-95 masks with perforated respirators.

The government has said that these masks do not stop the spread of the virus and it is the 'opposite' of the steps taken to stop the Covid-19 epidemic. Rajiv Garg, Director General of Health Services in the Ministry of Health, has written a letter to the Principal Secretaries of Health and Medical Education, states that it has come to light that people are 'improper use' of N-95 masks in place of authorized health workers, especially which has a perforated respirator.

He said, "It is brought to our notice that the N-95 mask fitted with perforated respirator is contrary to the steps adopted to prevent the spread of coronavirus as it does not prevent the virus from coming out of the mask. In view of this, I urge you to instruct all concerned to follow the use of face / mouth cover and prevent the improper use of N-95 masks.

Face masks have been said to be most effective in the war against the coronavirus. However, if the mask is not worn properly then the risk of Coronavirus will not decrease but may increase further. The question arises what the mask should be like. The central government issued an advisory in April. In which it was advised to wear homemade masks. Prepare a mask of 6 layers at home, it is much better. In the home made mask, care should be taken that it stays on the face properly and there is no empty space on both sides.

After using the mask made of cloth, wash it properly and then wear it. Masks should not be worn again without washing. Apart from this, do not share your face mask with anyone. Special care should be taken that the one-time mask should not be thrown in the open, disinfect it and throw it in the trash can.

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