A photo of a helpless Kenyan woman has touched Kenyans on social media after she improvised a face mask from plastic bottle. In the pictures, the mother of two who is standing among other Kenyans with face masks shows how far parents would go to protect their kids from the deadly virus.
According to WHO guidelines, if you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected 2019-nCoV infection. Also, ear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
Masks are also 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.
Wearing a face mask is certainly not an iron-clad guarantee that you won’t get sick – viruses can also transmit through the eyes and tiny viral particles, known as aerosols, can penetrate masks.
However, masks are effective at capturing droplets, which is a main transmission route of coronavirus, and some studies have estimated a roughly fivefold protection versus no barrier alone (although others have found lower levels of effectiveness).