Use of mask can lead to 53% fall in Covid-19 cases, says a study
The government has already imposed multiple restrictions to slow down the transmission of Covid-19.
The number of infections continues to increase in Bangladesh, largely driven by the Omicron variant.
In regards to mask-wearing, it advises the mandatory wearing of masks in all public places.
However, the fight against Covid-19 requires more than just restrictions.
It needs proper enforcement, a mask mandate for all, wide vaccination coverage, and well-equipped medical facilities for critical patients.
While mobile courts deployed by the government, and the sermons announced by the Imams help.
People need to put more emphasis on mask use to keep themselves and their near and dear ones safe.
Effectiveness of mask use
In a country of over 16 million population, getting people to wear masks is not easy.
A randomized trial involving nearly 350,000 individuals in 600 villages in Bangladesh.
Identifying mask-wearing as the single most effective public health measure at tackling Covid-19.
A systematic review and meta-analysis titled “Effectiveness of public health measures in reducing.
Covid-19 mortality” found that mask use was linked to a 53% fall in the incidence of Covid-19.
Mask use ignored, experts for free mask distribution
The government has put in place directives for mandatory use of face masks several times.
Many people are roaming around without masks every day.
The scene is quite common in areas that draw crowds, such as rail stations, bus terminals.
The NTAC on January 19 recommended the distribution of free-of-cost masks to contain transmission of Covid-19.
“Mask use is important not only to protect yourself but also to protect others,” he added.
Dr. M Mushtuq Husain, the adviser to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control.