Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 07.25.39.pngA ‘fabric’ face mask for the general public is only part of a broader solution to curb the spread of COVID-19 and it must always be used in combination with other hygienic methods of prevention. Such masks are not a replacement for other recommended precautionary measures. They should not provide a false sense of protection that lead to a lapse in the application of proper preventative measures like personal hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, and physical (social) distancing. Furthermore, the design of fabric masks should be mindful of the thermo-physiological properties of fabrics which, if wrongly chosen, can lead to problems like skin irritation, the build-up of heat or moisture, or the incubation of bacteria etc., and may cause wearers to take off masks in situations when they should otherwise be wearing them.

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