The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has urged the public to wear nose and face masks when going out, especially where social distancing is difficult to be observed to prevent the transmission of the virus.

Dr. DaCosta Aboagye, the Director of Health Promotion of the GHS, giving guidelines on wearing of nose masks at the Minister’s briefing on Tuesday, outlined various types of face masks and proper way of wearing, removing and disposing of them.

He mentioned medical/surgical, N95, and cloth nose masks and explained that wearing of such should not replace the preventive etiquettes of washing hands with soap under running water, observation of physical/social distancing, and other safety protocols.

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He said the incorrect way of wearing nose masks carried a high risk of infection.

Below are the directives on wearing face masks correctly:

1. Clean your hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based sanitizers before putting on a mask

2. Ensure your nose masks fully covers your mouth and nose with no gaps between your face and the mask

3. Avoid touching the mask after you have worn it

4. Remove a mask by passing a finger through the loop of the mask behind one ear and lift off without touching the front of the mask

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Changing and disposing of used mask:

a. Don’t use the mask for more than 12 hours at a time

b. Replace the mask immediately it is soiled or wet

c. Whenever using a re-usable mask ensure it is washed in soapy water and dried in the sun

d. Don’t re-use surgical masks for more than twice and dispose of all used masks in a close bin or burn in a safe place