People in good health need not wear masks

2020-03-26 at 15:00

The Ministry of Health has once again reiterated that there is no need for people in good health to wear surgical masks when engaging in day to day activities.

The Health Ministry said there is no need to wear face masks to be made mandatory in the country at present.

A special letter in this regard has been directed to the Acting Inspector General of Police by the Ministry.

The Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe in the letter requested the Acting IGP to refrain from considering it an offence for people in good health to avoid wearing surgical masks and to refrain from inconveniencing such persons.

The Ministry of Health has only recommended surgical masks to be worn for persons suspected to have contracted the coronavirus, those who closely associate such individuals, employees who take care of such persons and individuals with respiratory illnesses when visiting hospitals.

The Director General of Health Services through the letter addressed to the Acting IGP also explained why it is not mandatory for the public to wear masks.

Dr. Jasinghe stated that the use of face masks in the wrong manner by the public when engaging in day to day activities may increase the spread of the virus. He added one of the reasons is the irregular disposal of surgical masks.

Accordingly, Dr. Jasinghe through the letter requested the Acting IGP to help correct the misconception amongst the public pertaining to wearing masks as there is no scientific basis for people in good health to wear face masks.


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