Coronavirus Pandemic

Everyone in UAE recommended to wear masks to combat coronavirus spread

Staff Report/Abu Dhabi
Filed on April 4, 2020
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Earlier, the ministry had advised that only those having flu symptoms wear the masks.

The UAE government has recommended that everyone wear masks when stepping out. This is a precautionary measure against the spread of Covid-19, as some positive cases were found to have not exhibited any symptoms and infected others.

Dr Farida Al Hosani, official spokesperson for the health sector in the UAE, said this as she addressed a virtual Press briefing on Saturday.

Also read: 1 death, 241 new cases confirmed on Saturday

"Based on our continuous follow-up with latest studies and international recommendations, we affirm that a number of people can contract the virus without showing any symptoms and can infect others. Therefore, we recommend that everyone should wear masks when going out," she said.

The alternative option in the absence of a medical mask is to cover the nose and mouth using paper masks, or home-made masks made of cotton or mixed cotton, making sure to wash them."

Earlier, the ministry had advised that only those having flu symptoms wear the masks.

With 241 new case of Covid-19, the total number of infections reported in the country now stands at 1,505.

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