Advisory on Use of Masks

Zimbabwe is currently responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.  The public is therefore being encouraged to adopt a number of behaviours that prevent contracting COVID-19. These preventive behaviours include:

  • Avoid close contact with anyone with a cold or flu-like symptoms
  • When coughing and sneezing cover  mouth and nose with tissue paper or flexed elbow- throw away the tissue immediately and wash hands
  • Maintain a distance of at least a meter from the next person
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and running water

-      After sneezing or coughing;

                  - When caring for the sick,

                  - After toilet use,

   - Before eating food,

   - Before, during and after preparing food,

   - When hands are dirty

                  -After handling animals or animal waste.

  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty in breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider.

The fear of contracting COVID-19 has forced some people to move around putting on face masks. Ministry of Health and Child Care encourages the use of masks in specific situations.


When to Use a Mask

The following are situations in which people are encouraged to use masks.

  • For healthy people  wear a mask only if you are taking care of a person with suspected COVID-19 infection
  • Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing
  • Masks are effective only if used in combination with frequent hand sanitizing with alcohol sanitizer or soap and water
  •  If you wear a mask you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly.

How to Use and Dispose of a Mask

  • Avoid touching the mask while using it
  • If you touch the mask while using it, clean your hands with sanitizer or water and soap.


How to Put on, Use, take off and Dispose of a Mask

  • Before putting on a mask clean hands with sanitizer or water and soap
  • Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
  • Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it becomes damp
  • To remove the mask: Remove it from behind ( do not touch the front of the mask)
  • Immediately discard into a closed bin.
  • Clean hands with sanitizer or soap under running water
  • Do not re-use single use masks


Produced by Ministry of Health and Child Care in collaboration with the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services