Video of Woman trying on Face Masks before buying 1 raises concern… President Lungu during his last press statement announced that every citizen of Zambia should be wearing a face mask if they are out in the public.
But for us as Zambians, we seem to forget that the purpose of the mask is for protection and not fashion or looking good. A video of a woman trying on face masks before buying has sparked a riot on social media… Do we really understand how Covid-19 spreads?
Another question of interest is, why are these Face Masks sold out on the streets? We understand that Zambias are informal traders but for I don’t think anyone out on the streets should be allowed to sell Face Masks otherwise people end up trying them out like the woman in the video.
I think the Government, the media and other sectors need to play their part in educating people on how Covid-19 is spread and what people should do to avoid the spread. Clearly being told to wear a mask doesn’t seem to make sense to them hence the need to try it on before buying.
Here are a few ways to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. This according to WHO.
Protecting yourself and others from the spread COVID-19
You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
- Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and others. Why? When someone coughs, sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person has the disease.
- Avoid going to crowded places. Why? Where people come together in crowds, you are more likely to come into close contact with someone that has COIVD-19 and it is more difficult to maintain a physical distance of 1 metre (3 feet).
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and infect you.
- Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately and wash your hands. Why? Droplets spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
- Stay home and self-isolate even with minor symptoms such as cough, headache, mild fever, until you recover. Have someone bring you supplies. If you need to leave your house, wear a mask to avoid infecting others. Why? Avoiding contact with others will protect them from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
- If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention, but call by telephone in advance if possible and follow the directions of your local health authority. Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.
- Keep up to date on the latest information from trusted sources, such as WHO or your local and national health authorities. Why? Local and national authorities are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
Source – ZambiaNews365/WHO