Coronavirus: Government advises people to wear homemade facial covers in public places

NEW DELHI: The government on Saturday issued a notice urging people to wear hand-made face and mouth shields to prevent the spread of new coronaviruses.

In its advice, the government emphasized the need to maintain social distancing and proper hygiene to avoid infection, and suggested that people should wear homemade facial covers, which are also a good method of maintaining personal hygiene.

1. We are aware that social distancing and personal hygiene are key to preventing Covid infections19. Certain countries have claimed the benefits of homemade facial coverage for the general public. Such a homemade facial covering is a good method of maintaining personal hygiene. Such use will certainly help maintain general hygienic health conditions.

2. Therefore, it is suggested that people who do not have medical conditions or who have difficulty breathing can use the reusable hand-made face cover, especially when they leave home. This will help protect the community at large.

3. This face covering is not recommended for healthcare workers or for those who work with or are in contact with Covid patients19 or are patients themselves, as these categories of persons must wear the specified protective equipment.

4. It is recommended that two sets of such face covers be made so that one can be washed while using the other. Handwashing would still be an essential criterion and you should wash your hands before using the face covering. Such face covers should also be thrown anywhere, but should be kept safely, washed properly with soap and hot water, and dried properly before use.

5. These face covers could be made from a clean cloth available in the home, which should be thoroughly cleaned and washed before sewing/making a face cover. The face covering should be prepared in such a way that it can cover the mouth and nose completely and can be easily tied on the face.

6. There should be no shared face and only one person should use it. So in a multi-member family, each member must have a separate face covering.