Advisory on Use of Masks

Ministry of Health and Child Care continues to encourage the use of masks to curb the spread of Covid-19.

 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

Continue practising hand hygiene  

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