CORONAVIRUS UPDATE | You do no have any symptoms of Coronavirus, Should you wear a mask in public?
Updated: Apr 10
Coronavirus is a global epidemic that currently has no cure. Some people have resorted to covering their face with a mask when out and about, but is it worthwhile? An expert reveals all.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention gives the low-down on the use of face masks.
And the public health body explains exactly when it’s best to wear one.
You do not have symptoms of Coronavirus, should you wear a mask in public? Some Global Health Authorities say No. Due to shortage of masks, availability of masks cannot be fulfilled. But American President Donald Trump suggested people who are worried should wear a scarf.
That shortage is so severe that the Joint Commission, which accredits U.S. hospitals, said Tuesday that if facilities can’t provide proper masks, health workers are allowed to bring their own from home.
Front-line health workers have the greatest need for masks. And when people are sick, wearing a mask helps lessen the chances of infecting others. In places where relatives care for the sick at home, the World Health Organization also has recommended they wear a mask.
From a few months, coronavirus grew and masks were disappeared. Coronavirus spreads from droplets through coughs or sneezes, so the main advice is to stay at-least two meters away from the people.
Although the CDC recognises how “crucial” face masks are for health workers, or those “taking care of someone at home”, it doesn’t recommend people wear a face mask to protect themselves from coronavirus.
However, for those showing symptoms of coronavirus, the CDC advises: “Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of 2019 novel coronavirus, in order to protect others from the risk of getting infected.”
There are three main symptoms that appear when infected with coronavirus.
Very similar to the common cold, a fever (a temperature of 38 degrees and over) is one indication you may have it.
Another warning sign is a cough, as well as shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
Symptoms can surface between two to 14 days after exposure to coronavirus. And the severity of symptoms may range from mild to severe. The CDC has other preventative measures to help minimise the risk of infection. Firstly, it recommends avoiding “close contact with people who are sick”.