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Clothing & Paper Face Masks Only Reduces, Can’t Prevent COVID-19 Spread- NAFDAC Boss

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THE National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Monday said that the use of non-medical face masks, which include self-made or commercial masks or face covers made of clothes only reduce and not prevent spread of the coronavirus
disease.

Director General of the agency, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, in a
statement issued in Abuja, said these categories of protective masks are not of standard but essential to limit the spread of droplets.

She noted: “Non-medical face masks include self-made or commercial
masks or face covers made of clothes, other textiles or other materials such as paper. They are not standardised and are not intended for use in healthcare settings or by healthcare professionals.

She also stressed that such face masks are recommended to be
washed daily and preferably, should be a double layer of fabric to
increase its absorbency and effectiveness.

“It must be noted that several washes, drying and stretching of the
mask over time reduce the effectiveness of the mask, “she added.

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