The virus only spreads if people allow it to, so let’s not allow it to spread. Homemade face coverings or masks are designed to function in a similar manner to surgical masks, to reduce the viral load coming out of the wearer.

It should be emphasised that use of face masks in the community should be considered only as a complementary measure and not as a replacement of the core preventive measures that are recommended to reduce community transmission including physical distancing, staying home when ill, teleworking if possible, respiratory etiquette, meticulous hand hygiene and avoiding touching the face, nose, eyes and mouth.

Wearing a homemade mask can help reduce the spread of the virus in conjuntion with hand washing and social distancing.


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