As repeatedly stated in this blog. MASKS SAVE LIVES. We have no control over COVID 19 carriers (those who caught the virus and are able to transmit the infection but are asymptomatic so they do not know they are spreading the disease). We have no control over SYMPTOMATIC patients but who do not wear face masks and cough indiscriminately. We have no control of IRRESPONSIBLE patients who COUGH and SNEEZE all over the place. We have some control over our own lives in spite of so-called medical experts who keep on shouting to the world that face masks are useless and/or unnecessary in public.
Face masks, improvised face cover now required in Luzon
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 2) — Residents and workers in Luzon are now required to wear surgical masks or similar covers when they leave their homes, Inter-agency Task Force spokesperson Karlo Nograles said on Thursday.
He said everyone covered by the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine are required to wear surgical masks, do-it-yourself masks, handkerchiefs, or improvised cloth that covers the nose and mouth at all times to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Nograles said this order will last until the end of Luzon quarantine, which is on April 13.
The coronavirus disease is spread through small droplets from the nose or mouth when people infected with the virus cough or sneeze.
The World Health Organization on Monday stood by its recommendation to not wear masks if you are not sick or not caring for someone who is sick.
Department of Health OFFICIAL stand on the wearing of face masks in public
18. DO I NEED A MASK TO PROTECT MYSELF AGAINST COVID-19?
No. People with no respiratory signs and symptoms do not need to wear a medical mask. DOH recommends the use of medical masks only for the following:
- For people who are presenting with symptoms of COVID-19;
- Those caring for individuals who have symptoms such as cough and fever, and
- Health workers.
DOH, together with WHO, advises the rational use of medical masks to avoid unnecessary wastage of vital resources and mis-use of masks.
The most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to frequently clean or wash your hands, cover your cough with a tissue or the bend of the elbow, and maintain a distance of at least one meter from people who are coughing or sneezing. (For more information, see Section on protective and preventive measures).
Monday, March 2, 2020