Why are masks important? ‘To wear or not to wear masks’ Professor Mark Brincat

There is no doubt that health workers need to reduce their exposure to the virus.   There are expensive surgical masks such as N95 or N99, the higher the number the more resistant they are.   Cloth masks should be made properly using he right fabric with a few layers and possibly a filter in between and you  will find instructions on how to make your own masks on the CDC website   The British Medical Journal and the CDC [Centre for Disease Control and Prevention] are recommending the use of masks in public.  This virus relies on contact.  Just because we see low numbers we still need to be cautious.  For example pregnant women may be asymptomatic and are just carriers with  the baby not being infected.  The same applies to people in the Hal Far Centre and everywhere else.  We cannot see people in lockdown forever.

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The virus needs people to thrive.  If the contact between person to person is broken, the virus will die.    There is a way how to put your mask on and removing it without touching your face.  There are surgical masks, cloth masks, which can be layered or have a filter in between.  Dish cloths seem to be a very good fabric for masks.  Masks are simply useful to reduce the volume of virus spread.’

Professor Mark Brincat

You can listen to the full interview on masks which we did at the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic but the advice on the use of masks remains useful.

Professor Mark Brincat is the President of the Malta College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
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