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Discarded masks prove potential carriers of Coronavirus: Experts

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‘Used masks, gloves should be disinfected, disposed in a proper way’

Srinagar: Used face masks have emerged as the most important weapon in our arsenal against the novel Coronavirus in addition to hand-washing and social distancing but experts believe that the disposal of the masks properly is crucial as they can turn the biggest potential carriers of the virus.
People have been complaining that following the home isolations of Covid positive patients they notice masks lying on roads, putting many at risk to catch the virus.
Dr Saleem Khan HOD community Medicine at GMC Srinagar said that the discarded masks lying on the roads are one of the biggest potential sources of virus transmission as one used mask lying in the open can directly affect several people.
“These discarded mask, gloves must be dropped in one percent sodium hypochlorite solution and then disposed off properly,” he said.
Khan said that reusable things must be washed with detergents and soap and then dried and ironed before putting them to use again.
“There is need for a change in our behaviour and people should desist from throwing these masks and gloves on the road and risk the lives of others,” he said.
As per experts coronavirus is primarily transmitted through droplets of mucus and saliva when a person sneezes or coughs.
“The mask stops these droplets from reaching other persons body parts. But if an infected person throws away the mask in the open, it will definitely affect all who come in contact. The problem now is that several people, who are not showing symptoms, are also testing corona positive. So we don’t know if a person is affected or not till he or she is tested,” they said.
“If you’re wearing gloves or a mask, please dispose of those items properly in a trash can. Don’t drop them in a store or on the ground outside. You’re putting others’ health at risk,” they said. (KNO)

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