Face shields without masks, not effective in preventing COVID-19 – NCDC

Medical Face Shield [Photo: TRIPOMED]

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, on Saturday, warned Nigerians that the use of face shields without an additional layer of face masks is not effective in Coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention.

The agency in a public advisory said while the use of face masks has been advised by the World Health Organisation following increasing transmission of COVID-19, many people have resulted in using face shields in its stead.

WHO had earlier provided a recommendation for the wearing of face masks by the general public especially in places where there is ongoing spread of the virus.

The agency said the usage of the face mask alone is not enough to curtail transmission of the virus. Other means such as physical distancing and frequent handwashing have been advocated to keep people safe from contracting the virus.

In an advisory published on Saturday, the agency maintained that there isn’t enough evidence to show that using face shields without masks will not offer significant protection against COVID-19.

“For effective protection, face shields are used in combination with an appropriate face mask in healthcare settings,” it read.

“There is currently limited to no evidence on the effectiveness of face shields to prevent COVID-19 when used alone by the general public in non-healthcare settings.

“There is currently no guidance provided by the WHO or other relevant public health authority that recommends the use of face shields in non-healthcare settings to prevent COVID-19.

“Given the limited evidence on the effectiveness of face shields in protecting people from COVID-19 infection in community settings, and the absence of recommendations on their use, by the WHO and other public health authorities, face shields alone should not be used in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 infection. When used, it should be done in combination with an appropriate face mask.”

 

 

– The Cable/Premium Times

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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