COVID-19: Who, When and Where to wear a face mask explained

COVID-19: Who, When and Where to wear a face mask explained

Wearing face masks has become really necessary in the fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus disease which has so far claimed the lives of over 10 million people globally.

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As part of the guidelines and safety protocols outlined by the World Health organisation, wearing of the nose or face masks have been proven o be one of the best ways to prevent the spread.

COVID-19: Who, When and Where to wear a face mask explained

The surgical and fabric nose mask Source: Original
Source: Original

However, most individuals are wearing any type of masks without knowing who, when, and where to wear a particular kind of mask.

In view of this, YEN.com.gh has decided to explain who should wear the 2 kinds of masks, where to wear them, as well as when to wear them.

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1. Medical masks

According to the World Health organization, the masks should be worn by health workers, those taking care of COVID-19patients as well as those suspected to be having the virus

In areas where the coronavirus is widespread, and physical distance cannot be achieved, surgical masks should be worn by people who are 60-years-old and above

Those with underlying health conditions as well must endeavor to always opt for a surgical nose mask.

2. Fabric face mask

This kind of mask has been improvised to fill in for the unmet demand for the surgical masks.

According to WHO, the non-surgical mask should be worn by people with no symptoms of COVID-19

This maska can be worn where physical distance of at least 1 meter cannot be achieved by people who are mostly in close contact with others like cashiers, social workers, and servers.

Fabric nose masks must be considered in busy public places like buses, taxis, work places, grocery stores, workplaces and other public spaces

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Meanwhile, a new Executive Instrument (E.I 164) in Ghana has made it compulsory for everyone to wear a face mask in public or risk a maximum of 10-year jail term.

The law, which has been signed by President Akufo-Addo came into force on June 15, 2020.

Those without face mask risk being incarcerated between four and 10 years or will pay a fine of GH¢12,000 to GH¢60,000, or both.

The E.I was passed as part of measures to minimise the spread of the COVID-19.

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