'Detrimental to containment measures': Centre warns states, UTs against use of N-95 face masks with respiratory valves
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The government has warned the governments of all states and Union Territories against the use of N-95 masks with valved respirators and said that these face covers do not help in preventing the deadly virus from spreading and causes damage to the steps taken for the containment of the coronavirus.
The Director-General of Health Services (DGHS) in the Ministry of Health, in a letter to the Principal Secretaries of health and medical education of states, said that the authorities have observed that the public other than designated health officials are using the N-95 mask inappropriately, particularly those with valved respirators.
“It is to bring to your knowledge that the use of valved respirator N-95 masks is detrimental to the measures adopted for preventing the spread of coronavirus as it does not prevent the virus from escaping out of the mask. In view of the above, I request you to instruct all concerned to follow the use of face/mouth cover and prevent inappropriate use of N-95 masks,” DGHS Rajiv Garg said in the letter.
Earlier in April, the government had advised people to use homemade protective covers for face and mouth, when they step out of their homes. The government in its advisory had said that the face covers should be washed and cleaned each day and stated that used cotton cloth can be used to make this face covers.
“The colour of the fabric does not matter but one must ensure that the fabric is washed well in boiling water for five minutes and dried well before making the face cover. Adding salt to this water is recommended”, the advisory said.
It urges people to wash hands thoroughly before wearing the face cover, switching to another fresh one as the face cover becomes damp or humid, and never reusing it after single use without cleaning it. “Never share the face cover with anyone. Every member in a family should have separate face cover,” the advisory stated.
India's COVID-19 tally on Tuesday crossed the 11.55 lakh-mark after the country reported a surge of 37,148 new cases in the last 24 hours, while the death toll climbed up to 28.084 after 587 fatalities were reported during the same time.
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