Your safety in your hands, use correct mask!

The Coronavirus is good at throwing people off guard just when they think they have controlled it.  Often, people wonder if they have become their own enemies. Technology didn't see this coming, digital presence has proven useless. In just three weeks, 100,000 more people have succumbed to the disease. The global death toll has surpassed 600,000 as the numbers of cases have climbed to over 14 million. This pandemic has shaken the world. No one ever thought India would cross a million cases. The country added 37,724 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday pushing the country’s tally to 11, 92,915, while recoveries surged to 7,53,049 with 28,472 people having recuperated in a day, the highest so far. The death toll due to the disease rose to 28,732 with 648 people succumbing to the disease in the last 24 hours.
Therefore, in this time of COVID-19, your safety is really in your hands. Use the correct mask. It has been already advised to avoid stepping out of the house unless necessary, wearing a mask when you are in the contagious area, apart from practicing a good form of hygiene is a good measure.
Recently, the Union government has written to all states warning against the use of N-95 masks with valved respirator by people, saying these don't prevent the virus from spreading out and are "detrimental" to the measures adopted for its containment.
The Director-General of Health Services in the Ministry of Health said it has been observed that there is "inappropriate use" of N-95 masks, particularly those with a valved respirator, by the public other than designated health workers.
The government had in April issued an advisory on the use of homemade protective cover for face and mouth, asking people to wear it, particularly when they step out of their residences.
The advisory stressed such face covers must be washed and cleaned each day, as instructed and states that any used cotton cloth can be used to make this face cover. The colour of the fabric does not matter but one must ensure that the fabric is washed well in boiling water for five minutes and dried well before making the face cover. Adding salt to this water is recommended.

- Prabhakar Purandare

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