COVID-19: Why and when to wear a mask?

Masks are not worn to protect against the coronavirus, experts said at the outset of the pandemic. In early June, WHO (World Health Organisation)  adjusted its recommendations. It recommends the use of a cloth mask for people in the general case in an area where there is active transmission or when they cannot practice physical distancing.

For example, when in situations of promiscuity such as public transport or in close proximity, if the person wears a mask, it reduces the possibility of transmission of the coronavirus to someone else as the person may be unknowingly infected and may have the possibility of asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic transmission.

Wearing a mask should be part of a comprehensive strategy that includes measures to stop transmission and save lives.

According to Dr. Jean Pierre Ndqyirukiye, masks alone do not provide sufficient protection against VIDOC-19.

Beware! The virus is still circulating

In public spaces (schools, churches, markets, etc.), barrier measures are less and less respected. People hug and shake hands as if nothing were happening. In bus stations, the guard is lowered these days with regard to hand washing. The Ministry of Public Health and the Fight against AIDS announced that the pandemic is under control. Its spokesperson said that of the 15 new cases, 14 are imported.

Given that the virus is still circulating, it is not time to let our guard down despite the fact that the situation seems to be under control. The virus has played some serious tricks on researchers and doctors.