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COVID-19: Concerns raised over using face masks incorrectly

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Concerns are being raised that people are either buying the wrong face masks or using them incorrectly. Head of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine at UCT, Professor Marc Mendelson says wearing masks is one of the many critical intervention measures that should be implemented as the country eases out of a lockdown.

Mendelson says wearing masks is particularly important in areas where there is a lot of crowding and social distancing guidelines cannot be followed to their fullest extent.

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According to the professor, fabric masks are an extension of cough etiquette and are important in reducing the potential for infection near others. Mendelson says masks should ideally be made of three layers — a thick weave making up the outside layer and the inside a thinner weave for more layers of protection.

He believes everyone should have two masks, one that is worn and one that can be used whilst the other is being cleaned. Watch the full interview with Head of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine at UCT, Professor Marc Mendelson in the video above.  Coronavirus Hotline Number: 0800 029 999 from 8 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday

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Source: eNCA