The Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has implied that the use of nonmedical face masks, which encompass the self-made nose masks and face covers which were made of clothing materials will not prevent the spread of Coronavirus disease rather, it will only reduce it’s spread.
The agency in a statement released earlier, said face masks made with cotton materials are more effective. The statement reads in part;
“Non-medical face masks include self-made or commercial masks or face covers made of cloth, other textiles, or other materials such as paper are not standardized and are not hoping for use by healthcare specialists. They serve to limit the spread of the Coronavirus disease and offer some measure of protection to the general public and those around them.
The material of formation is usually cloth, which is a textile fabric, paper-like or materials, non-woven wadding. For these Barrier Masks, 100% cotton is preferred.
Though the barrier face masks won’t prevent one from contracting the disease, but it has been found to contribute to lessening the spread of maladies when used appropriately in convergence with other suitable measures such as keeping social distancing, washing of hands with soap, using alcohol-based hand sanitizers and not touching the face, mouth, nose, and mouth negligently.
However, these face masks are advised to be soaked and washed on a daily basis and preferably should be a double fabric layer to increase the absorbency and efficacy. It should be cited also that various washes, drying and stretching of the mask will reduce its effectiveness over time”, The statement reads.
Nonetheless, the Agency came out with the clarifications as some State and Federal governments have declared openly the compulsory use of face mask as Nigeria continues the fight against the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.