New Delhi: Among the many precautionary steps one can take to stay away from coronavirus infection, one is said to cover the nose and the mouth with masks. But former US President took to Twitter amid massive coronavirus scare advising people the opposite. Take common-sense precautions, follow hand-washing guidelines. But save the masks, Obama wrote. Also Read - Coronavirus Scare: China Doctors Share Tips With India, Schools Asked to Avoid Large Gathering

He said people should keep track of updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — and stay home if they are sick. The World Health Organization has said masks, goggles and other protective equipment used by health workers were in short supply due to “rising demand, hoarding and misuse.”

There is a shortage of protective gears across the world as people are panic-buying these items. Health care officials are facing an acute shortage of masks which they must wear as they attend to coronavirus patients.  Earlier US Surgeon general Jerome M Adams urged people to not buy masks. “They are not effective in preventing the general public from catching coronavirus, but if health care providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk.