Govt advises towards use of valved N-95 masks, says they don’t stop unfold of virus


New Delhi, July 20

The Centre has written to all states and union territories warning towards the usage of N-95 masks with valved respirator by folks, 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 schooling of states, mentioned it has been noticed that there’s “inappropriate use” of N-95 masks, significantly these with valved respirator, by the general public apart from designated well being staff.

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 folks to put on it, significantly once they step out of their residences.

The advisory confused such face covers should be washed and cleaned every day, as instructed and states that any used cotton material can be utilized to make this face cowl.  The color of the material doesn’t matter however one should make sure that the material is washed properly in boiling water for 5 minutes and dried properly earlier than making the face cowl. Adding salt to this water is really helpful, it mentioned.

It additionally listed the procedures of constructing such home made masks, asking to make sure it suits the face properly and there are not any gaps on the edges.

It urges folks to scrub arms totally earlier than carrying the face cowl,  switching to a different contemporary 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 acknowledged. PTI



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