Coronavirus: NAFDAC makes stunning revelation, says face masks made of fabrics can’t prevent COVID-19
- NAFDAC says face masks made of clothes can only reduce coronavirus pandemic
- The federal agency also notes that the said face masks cannot prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease
- Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, the director-general of the agency, made this known on Monday, April 27
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has declared that the use of non-medical face masks, which include self-made or commercial masks or face covers made of clothes only reduce and not prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the director-general of the agency, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, in a statement issued on Monday, April 27, in Abuja, said these categories of protective masks are not of standard but essential to limit the spread of droplets.
Legit.ng gathered that they were not intended for use in healthcare settings or by healthcare professionals.
She said: “Non-medical face masks include self-made or commercial masks or face covers made of clothes, other textiles or other materials such as paper. They are not standardised and are not intended for use in healthcare settings or by healthcare professionals.
“They serve to limit the spread of droplets and offer some measure of protection to those around you. The material of construction is usually clothes (textile fabric), non-woven wadding, or paper-like materials. For these barrier masks, 100% cotton is preferred though, polyester, linen, or knit fabric can be used.
“Barrier face masks do not prevent you from contracting the disease but they have been found to contribute to reducing the spread of infections when used widely in conjunction with other measures. Such measures include social distancing, not touching the face, eyes or mouth, washing of hands with soap for 20 seconds, or use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers.”
Adeyeye also stressed that such face masks are recommended to be washed daily and preferably, should be a double layer of fabric to increase its absorbency and effectiveness.
“It must be noted that several washes, drying and stretching of the mask over time reduce the effectiveness of the mask," she added.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a deputy commissioner police in charge of zonal criminal investigation department Edo state, Francis Bissong, died from COVID-19 complications in his official apartment in Benin, on Tuesday, April 21.
It was reported that the Edo state commissioner of information, Patrick Okundia, had earlier announced the death of Bissong but he did not go into details.
However, Paul Yakadi, an assistant inspector-general of police in charge of zone 5, Benin has narrated the events that led to Bissong’s death.
Yakadi in a statement disclosed that the deceased had on April 9, travelled to Akure, Ondo state capital, to see his family and celebrate Easter with them.
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