Face Masks : How Cloth Face Coverings Help Slow the Spread

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, wearing face masks has become a way of protection from the virus.

However, there is no scientific evidence that face masks protect the person wearing it completely.

Face masks are only effective when:

  • It has a filter.

  • It is not loose and properly worn.

  • It is not taken off outside with other people present.

  • It is breathable.

- Face masks might give wearers false security.

- People may expose themselves in risky environments.

It may increase the frequency of touching their face, and disregarding the other more effective ways of preventing the spread of the virus, such as:

  • Proper hand hygiene

  • Respiratory etiquette

  • Physical distancing

The supply of medical-grade face masks is low.

Priority for these masks should be given to people in the front lines.

If you need to go outside, wear a community face mask.

What is a community face mask?

It is a non-medical-grade face mask required for people to wear in public.

The wearing of community face masks is only effective if utilized along with proper hand hygiene and physical distancing.

Wearing a community face mask can prevent the spread of viruses because you and anyone can be a carrier.

It keeps you out of trouble too because wearing of face masks is now mandatory.


It is very important to stay at home.

If you have to step out of the house, you need to wear a community face mask.

Who should wear a community face mask?

  • People who need to go outside for essentials needs.

  • Service-oriented workers, such as food handlers and security personnel.

  • Medical workers who do not have direct patient care responsibilities, such as dietary professionals and administrative staff.

  • Visitors and contact staff in health care facilities.

  • Home care Workers

Always be careful!

Face masks can cause difficulty in breathing, especially to:

  • People with chronic respiratory diseases or may already have breathing difficulties.

  • Children 2 years old and below.

Written By

Dr. Sudhir Giri

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