The Government of Singapore has released a mask-wearing guide in light of the global Wuhan coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.
The key points as to 'when' to wear a surgical mask are:
- Wear a surgical mask only if you feel unwell and have respiratory symptoms like a cough or a runny nose. If you are unwell, you should wash your hands regularly and wear a mask so that you don’t infect others.
- Generally, people who are well do not need to wear a mask.
- There is no need to hoard masks – doing so will deprive others who really need them.
- It should cover your mouth, nose and chin, with the coloured side facing outwards.
- Pinch the metal edge of the mask so that it presses gently on your nose bridge.
- Remove a used mask holding only the ear loops.
- To be effective, change your masks regularly or if soiled or wet.
- Wash your hands with soap and water after disposing the soiled mask properly into a bin.
Note: This article does not constitute medical advice.
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