With the number of coronavirus cases and deaths increasing every single day and no vaccine in sight, following norms of social distancing, using masks, and frequent hand washing are the known ways to stay safe. According to Prof K Srinath Reddy – President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) & Padma Awardee COVID-19 virus enters the body through two main gateways — nose and mouth and the mask covers both.
“By wearing a mask one can prevent infection. If we speak loudly we discharge more viruses in the air, but when we sneeze or cough, we discharge over 2 hundred million viruses, which increases the chances of more people getting infected,” he said.
According to the Professor, the habit of wearing masks and hand washing can reduce the chances of getting infected with the deadly disease by 60 per cent.
“Also, wearing a mask protects you from getting infected from others and vice vice-versa. These are the scientific reasons behind wearing a mask. Alone hand washing and mask-wearing reduce 60 per cent chances of infection. Mask wearing campaign is a very much required initiative in this crucial time as such campaigns are supposed to bring behaviour change amongst masses”, added Professor Reddy.
Linking ancient wisdom to modern science and the essence of the mask, Dr Chandrakant S Pandav – President, ICCIDD & Leading Global Health Expert – said the mask is quintessential to stay safe from any infection and especially from COVID-19
“Mask plays a vital role in protecting you from infection. We should pledge to ‘Ask for Mask’ to bring behaviour change in our society, which is very important to fight this pandemic”, he added.
Meanwhile, India’s novel coronavirus tally crossed the 22-lakh mark, while the recoveries surged to over 15.35 lakh, the Health Ministry said. The death toll from the pathogen climbed to 44,386 with 1,007 more fatalities, according to the ministry data.