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Dr Tanya Mlillo, Consultant in Public Health Medicine said that wearing a mask outside the house does not preclude anyone from social distancing and sanitizing. Speaking to Newsbook Q&A, Melillo said that constant fidgeting with the mask would mean that the hands become contaminated and that the risk of infection through the absent minded touching of face is increased.
Dr Melillo said that the virus can spread to a meter away from the host through the transmission of aerosol (such as sneezing or saliva). She added that no one has that amount of masks at their disposal to wear a mask a day indefinitely.
What about those who work in shops?
It is more sensible to keep a social distance and to use hand sanitisers than to wear masks, replied Dr Melillo. Sanitizing has to happen after every client particularly since the virus can be transmitted through the handling of currency.
And home-made masks, are these any good?
These need to be washed at a very high temperature and again, do not preclude sanitizing and social distancing.
Why do some health care workers go to work in their uniform?
Melillo sai that this was a very bad work practice. “Hospital scrubs should be worn only at the hospital and normal clothing outside the hospital,” said Melillo. She added that several health care workers are sleeping in homes for the elderly to stop the spread of the virus.
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