Following the outbreak of COVID-19 a disease caused by Coronavirus. Global Health authorities has addressed the issue of Facemask scarcity.
Reports has it that there is currently a shortage of facemask worldwide. The development which has pushed many production companies to begin production of facemask.
In Nigeria, Innoson motors has pledged to use parts of its assembly plant to start production of kits to fight coronavirus, the kits which includes Facemask.
Also, in US, Facemask shortage is so severe that the Joint Commission, which accredits U.S. hospitals, said Tuesday that if facilities can’t provide proper masks, health workers are allowed to bring their own from home”, AP reports.
Irked by the rush from people buying and stocking Facemask both those not affected by the virus, Surgeon General Jerome Adams wrote in a tweet on February 29 that they should “STOP BUYING MASK”.
He said; “They (Wearing Facemask) are not effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk.”
But mask-wearing has long been common in some countries during respiratory outbreaks, especially in parts of Asia. As questions grow about whether people sometimes can spread the virus before realizing they’re sick — which social distancing is supposed to address — increasingly people ask what it would hurt to wear some form of mask in public.
Answering the question, The Center Disease Control, CDC, has stated crystal clear that if someone isn’t infected with the virus, they shouldn’t wear facemask.
“If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers”, CDC wrote on their official website.
It however, list out the only way to avoid the virus, which includes Social distancing and constantly washing of hands with Soap and rushing water.