The Head of the Western Cape Health Department has issued an appeal to the public (if you are healthy) to not wear gloves and masks, due to the risks these items pose in spreading the #Coronavirus if not used properly.
Scientific evidence proves that by wearing a mask, if it is not needed, you may put yourself at higher risk because you fiddle with the mask and then transfer germs from your hands to your face. Wearing a mask or gloves when going to the supermarket or pharmacy to buy essentials, is ineffective, unnecessary, and will not protect you from the Coronavirus. In fact, it can spread infection faster.
INSTEAD PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE, don’t touch your face, and stick to the #SocialDistancing rules (1,5m between people).
(Healthcare professionals who are in direct contact with, or caring for a person who is confirmed or suspected to have #COVID19 must make use of masks and gloves and other personal protective equipment.)
If you do not feel well, stay at home. If you have flu-like symptoms, call the national hotline on 0800 029 999 or the provincial hotline at 021 928 4102.Last published 07 April 2020