Tips for coping with masks and face coverings

Wearing a mask/face covering is a new experience for many; you may not ever feel totally comfortable with wearing one. However, current evidence indicates that masks/face coverings are instrumental in preventing and controlling onward transmission of the covid-19 virus. Mind charity for mental health has put together some tips for[…]

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Mask Exemption Guidance

The use of masks during the Covid-19 pandemic is important; they are not a lifestyle choice. As the scientific evidence continues to mount, masks (used in conjunction with additional infection prevention and control measures such as hand hygiene and adequate physical distancing) can dramatically reduce the spread of infection. They[…]

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Transmission of COVID-19 by droplets and aerosols

COVID-19 is caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). As is the case with many other respiratory viruses, COVID-19 is believed to be transmitted from human-to-human by droplets, aerosols, and objects  such as clothes, utensils and furniture (‘fomites’). The subject of infection transmission by viruses through droplets and[…]

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Plastic face shields are not as effective as masks!

Every time we speak, thousands of aerosol droplets are sprayed into the air in front of us, most of which are invisible to the naked eye. There is now growing evidence that airborne aerosols carrying the coronavirus may play a major role in its spread. Current global guidance suggests that Covid-19 spreads rapidly[…]

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Management of masks

Regardless of the type of mask used, appropriate wear and disposal are essential to ensure that they are effective (preventing any increase in transmission). Guidelines for use, based on practice in health care settings, are as follows: Place the mask carefully, ensuring it covers the mouth and nose, and tie[…]

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The use of medical masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19

WHO recommends the use of  medical masks in health-care settings, noting that they should be used in combination with other key infection prevention and control measures (such as hand hygiene and adequate physical distancing). National decision makers may also recommend medical mask use for certain individuals using a risk-based approach.[…]

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