Coronavirus: Health Department warns masks, gloves can spread virus

Coronavirus: Health Department warns masks, gloves can spread virus

- The Western Cape Health Department has warned against the use of gloves and masks

- The provincial department warned that these items risk the spread of the coronavirus if not properly used

- This is especially true for a person who has not come into contact with infected people

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The Western Cape Health Department has issued a public appeal to stop using gloves and masks.

eNCA reports that the department warned that these particular items have a risk of further spreading the coronavirus if not properly used.

Dr Beth Engelbrecht, head of the department, warned that people who are not sick and have not been in contact with people infected with the virus don't need to wear the protective gear:

"We saw that people are wearing masks and actually that could put them in more danger if they do. If you wear a mask and you don't need it then you fiddle with the mask all the time and you touch your face frequently and the face is the area where most of the infection gets through to the body so it puts you at risk."

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Avoiding touching your face and regularly washing your hands remain the best defence against the virus, explained Engelbrecht. reported that the masks were not found to be effective in limiting the transmission of the coronavirus.

Nevertheless, with all the hype surrounding the pandemic, masks and gloves remain common sights in South Africa.

Everyone from the average joe to the president has been spotted wearing the items that have become synonymous with the Covid-19 virus.

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