New Delhi: As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India soared to 2,900, the government has advised people to cover their faces with homemade, reusable masks when they step out of their homes, in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, which has left 68 people dead. Also Read - More Younger People Are Dying Due to Coronavirus, WHO Expresses Concern
Besides, the Health Ministry has also emphasised on the need of face masks for people living in densely populated areas across the country. Also Read - Asthmatic Man, 40, Dies of Coronavirus in Scotland Hours After Telling Wife 'I Can't Keep Fighting it'
“Certain countries have claimed benefits of homemade face cover for the general public. Such homemade face cover is a good method for maintaining personal hygiene. Such usage certainly will help in maintaining overall hygienic health conditions. Therefore, it is suggested that such people who are not suffering from medical conditions or having breathing difficulties may use the handmade reusable face cover, particularly when they stepout of their house. This will help in protecting the community at large”, the Ministry of Health said. Also Read - Trending News Today April 04, 2020: America Finally Comes up With Coronavirus Vaccine? International Poll of 6,000 Doctors Back Trump's Anti-Malaria Drug
It also asserted that the homemade face covers are not recommended for either health workers or those working with or in contact with COVID 19 patients or are patients themselves as these ‘categories of people are requiredto wear specified protective gear’.
Follow These Detailed DIY Steps For Homemade Face Covers
Two sets of such face covers should be made so that one can be washed while the other is used.
These face covers could be made out of clean cloth available at home, which needs to be thoroughly cleaned and washed before a face cover is stitched/made.
The face cover should be prepared in such a manner that it can cover the mouth and nose completely and can be tied over the face easily.
Such face covers should also not be thrown anywhere but kept safely, washed properly with soap and hot water and dried properly before they are used.
There must not be a sharing of face covers and a face cover must be used by only one individual. So, in a family of several members, each member should have a separate face cover.
Hand washing would still remain essential criteria and hand should be washed before wearing the face cover.