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Hand gloves, face mask abuse puts public at risk of COVID-19 – Expert

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ABUSE of hand gloves and face or nose masks by users poses safety danger to the general public.

An expert said that this has added a new dimension to the transmission of the COVID-19.

According to doctor in charge of Ajibulu Sample Collection Centre, Oshodi, Lagos, Dr. Baqiah Nojimudeen-Yesufu, abuse of gloves and carefree usage of face masks may increase the risk of contracting the dreaded coronavirus.

Nojimudeen-Yesufu stated this while explaining that wearing gloves is not advisable as it gives the confidence to touch many things which are not supposed to be touched.

“Since the lockdown ease commenced, people have been complying with the use of face masks and I can say the compliance is about 70 per cent. However, we should be careful about self-contamination because sometimes we wear the mask and use it wrongly. Even if you have washed it, you still have to be careful not to touch the outer part and the inner part where your nose and your mouth stay because you can self-contaminate yourself,” she said.

Explaining further, she advised people to regularly wash the items after using them every day.

“If you wear one for a whole day, it is best to wash it at the end of the day. You wash and iron. It is advisable that you have, at least, one per day so you can always interchange, to use one for each day. It is important we do not merely stop at washing them, we need to iron them, as well, if there is any left over bacterial infection on the face mask, the heat can also help to kill any bacterial or virus after washing.

For those who are using the disposable mask, it should be thrown away after every usage; meaning if you have the mask on for a whole day and you have to remove it for any reason; you are removing and discarding to wear a new one in order to avoid self-contamination,” she stated.

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