New Delhi, July 20
The Centre has written to all states and union territories warning in opposition to the usage of N-95 masks with valved respirator by individuals, saying these do not stop the virus from spreading out and are “detrimental” to the measures adopted for its containment.
The Director General of Health Services within the Ministry of Health, in a letter to the Principal Secretaries of well being and medical training of states, mentioned it has been noticed that there’s “inappropriate use” of N-95 masks, notably these with valved respirator, by the general public apart from designated well being employees.
The DGHS referred to the advisory on the usage of home made protecting cowl for face and mouth obtainable on the web site of the Ministry of Health.
“It is to bring to your knowledge that the use of valved respirator N-95 masks is detrimental to the measures adopted for preventing the spread of coronavirus as it does not prevent the virus from escaping out of the mask. In view of the above, I request you to instruct all concerned to follow the use of face/mouth cover and prevent inappropriate use of N-95 masks,” DGHS Rajiv Garg mentioned within the letter.
The authorities had in April issued an advisory on the usage of home made protecting cowl for face and mouth, asking individuals to put on it, notably after they step out of their residences.
The advisory confused such face covers have to be washed and cleaned every day, as instructed and states that any used cotton fabric can be utilized to make this face cowl. The color of the material doesn’t matter however one should be sure that the material is washed effectively in boiling water for 5 minutes and dried effectively earlier than making the face cowl. Adding salt to this water is really helpful, it mentioned.
It additionally listed the procedures of creating such home made masks, asking to make sure it matches the face effectively and there are not any gaps on the perimeters.
It urges individuals to scrub palms completely earlier than sporting the face cowl, switching to a different recent one because the face cowl turns into damp or humid, and by no means reusing it after single use with out cleansing it.
“Never share the face cover with anyone. Every member in a family should have separate face cover,” the advisory said. PTI