Following the government of Indias directive for citizens to use DIY (Do it Yourself) face masks, it is important to be informed of certain factors while going about with the same.The aim is to limit the spread of the virus, and reports suggest that an asymptomatic person can spread the infection before developing symptoms. Hence, one must not only protect themselves but also protect and safeguard the health interest of others at all times.
The virus seems to be transmitted mainly via small respiratory droplets through sneezing, coughing or when people interact with each other in close proximity, meaning less than 1meter distance. These droplets can be inhaled or they can land on surfaces that others come in contact with; upon contact these people can then get infected if they touch their nose, mouth or eyes. The virus can survive on surfaces from several hours to days.
You must protect those around you by wearing a mask while stepping out, regardless of showing or not showing symptoms. Any material can be used-however, ensure the cloth is thoroughly washed and cleaned before sewing it into a mask. While using the mask, make sure to cover the areas of the mouth and nose completely, securely tying the mask around the ears. A single person should have 2, and not just 1 mask - these are to be interchanged for cleanliness and hygiene purposes.Wash the mask frequently by soaking and subsequently washing it in boiling water. Make sure to dry it well before using the mask again. Importantly, wash your hands for 20 seconds prior to applying the mask over your face. When taking off the mask, remove it from the back of your head and behind the earlobes, wash your hands after.