Don't run after Masks; Dr. Suhail Naik, President DAK

Don't run after masks and stay calm.

Srinagar ,7 March Saturday: Don't panic and run to markets to purchase different types of masks Dr Suhail Naik president Doctors Association Kashmir appealed to common people. All masks of any type either N95 or surgical or Medical masks are designed to be discarded within 8 hours after use and if we use them  for prolonged time they can paradoxically increase risk of different respiratory infections.
People are running for masks to save themselves form Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Public must understand that they can  even use their handkerchief to cover mouth and nose. Handerkerchief can be washed by soap & water & can become virus free & can be re-used in protecting a person from spreading  viral infections from an infected person to healthy persons & so on which is not true for any type of masks.

Masks must be changed when they become wet with saliva or other bodily fluids, as they lose their protective properties.

So we appeal people to use their handerkerchief and don't panic.

Important points to do

Wash your hands frequently:
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
At time of fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.


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