COVID-19: Face Masks Made from Local Fabrics Unfit for Health Workers, NAFDAC Warns

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned Nigerians not to use non-medical face masks, saying it does not prevent the spread of COVID-19.

On it Tweeter handle, the agency said, “Simple test: If wearer can put off a flame from a cigarette lighter that is placed in front of the wearer, the mask is protective enough.

“Barrier face masks do not prevent you from contracting the disease but they have been found to contribute to reduce spread of infections when used widely in conjunction with other measures. 

“Such measures include social distancing, not touching the face, eyes or mouth, washing of hands with soap for 20 seconds or use of alcohol based hand sanitizers.”

It must be noted that several washes, drying and stretching of the mask over time reduces the effectiveness of the mask,” It added.

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