Amongst all the preventive measures that have been recommended by multiple sources and media, it is hard to keep track of what is effective and what is hearsay. As a matter of fact, face masks have generated a lot of questions from the general public as to who should wear them.
If you are healthy and exhibit no symptoms, using a mask is NOT a recommended preventive measure against COVID-19.
For most healthy people, wearing a face mask is not necessary and not recommended.
Indeed, WHO recommends the use of face masks only in specific cases, as hand washing remains the most effective method against the spread of COVID-19.
Here are such cases:
Face masks can provide some sort of protection by acting as a barrier against the droplets expelled when you sneeze or cough.
However, they are not a bulletproof method of protection: your eyes remain vulnerable to virus exposure and if used or discarded incorrectly, face masks can become a vector of infection.
Using a face mask properly will increase your chances of getting protected. Simply follow these step-by-step instructions:
When removing your mask, make sure not to touch the front of your mask. Instead remove it from behind using the strings and discard it safely. Remember to clean your hands after.
Given the current situation around COVID-19, your pharmacy will not have any face masks in stock. Remember, it is not necessary to buy them in bulk, as only precise situations do require them, as per WHO’s recommendations.
Your pharmacist remains available over the phone to answer any other concerns you might have about preventive measures, symptoms and medication.
The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.