As the confirmed Covid-19 cases of Nigeria pushed up to a frightening figure of 3,526, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has warned that social distancing remains the only protective way to keep safe against the pandemic.
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The disease control agency, in a tweet on Wednesday, May 6, also maintained that cloth face mask alone cannot guarantee total safety against the virus.
“Remember, cloth face masks are to be used as an additional layer of physical distancing; a mask alone cannot protect you from #COVID19," NCDC tweeted.
“Please continue to maintain a distance of 2 metres between yourself and others at all times to stay safe."
Legit.ng notes that the use of face mask made of several fabrics has been on a steady rise in the country since President Muhammadu Buhari relaxed the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the FCT.
Advising Nigerians amid a sudden emergence of face masks made of ankara and local fabrics, NCDC also maintained that frequent hand washing is compulsory in order to avoid having contact with the pandemic that has announced its presence in over 200 countries and territories.
The agency, however, warned that health workers at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus must continue to use a medical mask instead of cloth alternative.
NCDC also gave these guidelines:
1. Avoiding large gatherings.
2. Physical distancing by maintaining a distance of 2 metres between yourself and others.
3. Regular handwashing with soap under running water.
3. Frequent cleaning of surfaces with soap and water or disinfectants.
Dos and Don’ts of cloths face masks
1. DO wash your hands frequently with soap under running water to avoid contamination.
2. DO adhere to social distancing measures and stay at home as much as possible.
3. DO wear a mask before leaving your home for essential services.
4. DO wear masks made with at least 3 layers of fabric.
5. DON’T use a cloth face mask on children under the age of 2 years.
6. DON’T try on new masks from vendors or wear immediately after purchasing; Wash before first use.
7. DON’T reuse a cloth face mask before it has been washed and dried.
8. DON’T leave a used face mask on uncleaned surfaces or in the reach of small children while not in use.
9. DON’T pull down your mask to cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your bent elbow over the mask until you can safely remove the mask for washing.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that officials of the NCDC sent to ascertain the COVID-19 status of Kogi have left the state to avoid being sent on isolation and subjected to COVID-19 test.
The officials of the NCDC had in a meeting with Governor Yahaya Bello said they were sent to Kogi to assist the state in responding to the challenges posed by the pandemic.
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