California New Policy: No Mask, No Service In Battling Against Coronavirus
United States of America is currently the highest amount of cases with 550,655 confirmed cases, 21, 667 deaths and only 31, 120 recovered cases as of writing this article. California has 22,424 confirmed cases with 634 deaths. This preventive measure was mandated last week, April 10, 2020.
According to the experiences of various countries who have been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, masks are able to lessen the chance of catching or spreading the virus. Many public officials are now requesting people to begin wearing them especially outside. Los Angeles California mandated an aggressive policy action of wearing face masks while shopping at essential business, making them one of the country’s first localities to mandate such policy. Businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies, hotels, and any kind of taxi or ride-sharing service are allowed to stay open despite the quarantine and they are permitted to refuse service to anyone not covering their mouth and nose.
Some of you might be asking, what kind of masks are better to use against COVID-19? Well, most of you are now informed that coronavirus can be spread through respiratory droplets and can be airborne within 6-13 feet from a person with COVID-19.
Here are some of the things you need to know before wearing masks:
(resource: World Health Organization)
- If you already have a surgical or respirators (N-95) masks, they are much better to use than cloth masks. These masks are made to prevent bodily fluids excreted by the user to spread through air. However, if you don’t have any, cloth masks with multiple layers will do. Cloth masks can be washed and reused compare to surgical and respirator masks.
- Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
- Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- Cover your mouth and nose with the mask and make sure no gaps are between your face and the mask.
- Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you did, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. Replace your mask after using it.
- Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks
- To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand run or soap and water
- If you’re using cloth face mask, wash it after use.
But the biggest question we all might be asking is: Are masks going to really prevent the spread of the coronavirus?
Center for Disease Control or CDC recommends that people wear masks or cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. This is a necessary additional public health measure people should do to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in addition to social distancing, frequent hand cleaning and other everyday preventive actions.
According to a 2013 study about how masks could help people with seasonal flu limit the spread of the virus found out that masks led to a more than threefold reduction in how much virus were sprayed by the infected into the air. More importantly, researchers found that flu rates are lower when masks were paired with proper hand hygiene. In other words, regular hand washing remains the most essential tool in preventing the spread of viruses.
When dealing with a flu virus, prevention is still the best method of keeping yourself safe from this high contagious virus.
A face mask may offer added protection against being infected and there are no known risks to wearing these devices, except for the cost of buying the.
While masks seem promising, it’s also important to utilize other preventive measures too like, frequent-hand washing, staying indoors and only going outside if necessary.
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