Coronavirus: Mkhize insists masks are effective in fight against virus

Coronavirus: Mkhize insists masks are effective in fight against virus

- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has weighed in on the debate surrounding wearing masks

- The coronavirus outbreak has seen millions of people around the world donning face masks in a bid to protect themselves

- Mkhize is adamant that masks can actually assist in containing the virus

PAY ATTENTION: Click “See First” under the “Following” tab to see News on your News Feed!

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize is the latest official to weigh in on the use of face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

This comes as numerous experts around the world debate whether this is an effective method to use when combating Covid-19.

In a series of posts to social media, Mkhize made his stance on the contested subject very clear:

"There is no question about it. Masks can assist in containing the spread of the virus, especially for those who are coughing, sneezing or are infected."

READ ALSO: ATM calls for clarity on Ramaphosa's 'misleading' Oppenheimer comments

When to use a mask:

  • For healthy people wear a mask only if you are taking care of a person with suspected Covid-19 infection
  • Wear a mask if you are sneezing or coughing
  • Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  • If you wear a mask then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly

Mkhize advised citizens to clean their hands when putting on, using and disposing of a mask. The mask should cover both the mouth and nose, with no gaps between your face and the mask. Avoid touching the mask while using it, if you do clean your hands in the prescribed manner.

When removing the mask, remove it from the behind avoiding touching the front of the mask, dispose of the mask in a closed bin and clean hands. Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks. reported that Mkhize had noted the current number of confirmed cases in South Africa is currently well below the original estimates.

Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!


Online view pixel