Epidemiologist spoke about the function of masks in a pandemic situation
The chief freelance epidemiologist of the Ministry of Health of the Chelyabinsk region, Alexander Vygonaylov, spoke about the role of masks in the pandemic.
“The mask performs primarily a barrier function. It prevents receiving a large single dose of the pathogen of coronavirus infection, ”he said in an interview with URA.RU.
According to him, a scarf or a bandage covering the nose and mouth can act as a similar barrier, and you should not touch them with your hands.
As Vygonaylov noted, the mask should be changed every two to three hours, and the scarf or shawl should be washed regularly.
“The virus, depending on the type of surface, can persist for up to three to five days. This means that if you are using a scarf, it is not enough to take it off and hang it in the hallway. Upon arriving home, the scarf must be washed at a temperature of 60-90 degrees in a washing machine, ”the expert said.
He added that having a properly worn medical mask combined with hand hygiene is the easiest and most affordable way to reduce the risk of coronavirus.
Earlier, as reported to "Yuga.ru", the Ministry of Health of the Krasnodar Territory gave advice to citizens on self-isolation.