Barrier Face Masks Does not Prevent COVID-19-NAFDAC Warns
Barrier Face Masks Does not Prevent COVID-19-NAFDAC Warns

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has cleared the air on Barrier face masks stating that it does not prevent an individual from contracting COVID-19 but, they have been found to contribute to reduce the spread of infections when used widely with other preventive measures.

The agency noted that Non-medical or Barrier face masks include self-made or commercial masks or face covers made of cloth (textile fabric), non-woven wadding or paper-like materials. For these masks, 100% cotton is preferred, though polyester, linen or knit fabric can be used.

According to NAFDAC, these masks are recommended to be washed daily and preferably should be a DOUBLE LAYER of fabric to increase the absorbency and effectiveness. “It must be noted that several washes, drying and stretching of the mask over time reduces the effectiveness of the mask.”

NADAC further stated that Barrier masks are not intended for use in healthcare settings or by healthcare professionals. They serve to limit spread of droplets and offer some measure of protection to those around you.


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