Shubham Jaiswal ([email protected])
Indian Health Ministry has warned against the use of N95 masks especially those with respiratory valves. It is to bring to your knowledge that the use of valved respirator N95 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, says the letter issued by Rajiv Garg, the Director-General of Health Services, Ministry of Health, to all the states and union territories. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, you are currently not allowed to be in a public place without wearing a mask as it protects you from the deadly infection. But, recent finding suggests that wearing one (N95 mask) can be detrimental too.
So, the ministry has urged people to use home-made face masks. If you do not have one, you can use any cotton cloth that covers your face properly without leaving any gaps on the sides. Additionally, do not forget to wash that piece of cloth in boiling water for at least 5 minutes after every use. This is important to prevent getting the infection.