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NCDC issues advisory on use of cloth face masks

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NIGERIAN Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) today issued an advisory on a cloth face mask.

  According to the agency, the mask must be worn in combination with other containment measures.

  These measures include – avoiding large gatherings, physical distancing by maintaining a distance of 2 metres between yourself and others, regular handwashing with soap under running water, and frequent cleaning of surfaces with soap and water or disinfectants.

  It noted that COVID-19 was primarily spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.

  The advice reiterated government’s directive of mandatory use of face masks in public, adding that due to the global shortage of medical face masks, several countries are turning to alternatives to medical face masks for the general public.

  It explained that a cloth face mask, made out of everyday fabric can act as a barrier to respiratory droplets but cannot completely protect you from COVID-19.

But cloth face masks are convenient substitutes to medical face masks for the current global situation which should not be worn by individuals who are at high risk for complications due to COVID-19.

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