BY STAFF REPORTER
This was said by the Provincial Medical Director for Mashonaland East, Dr Simukai Zizhou at an event to donate some sanitizers and Coronavirus medication to Marondera Provincial hospital by two United Kingdom-based Marondera residents in Marondera.
Dr Zizhou said there has been a disturbing trend in Zimbabwe ever since the outbreak of Coronavirus whereby some members of the public particularly high-ranking government officials are always wearing face masks where ever they go.
This he said is a waste of resources.
People likely going to regret wasting face masks
Zizhou said these people are unnecessarily wasting a very scarce resource which they are likely going to regret as the pandemic is not yet widespread in Zimbabwe.
Dr Zizhou added that face masks are only put on by people who suspect to be carrying the virus or those who already know that they are infected by Coronavirus.
“In the recent past we have observed with great concern some people who are always wearing face masks.
“This does not help anyone as we are wasting a resource that we will desperately need in future,” said Dr Zizhou, adding that the pandemic hasn’t reached a position where people should always be wearing face masks wherever they go.
“Given the COVID-19 trends from where it originated from like China, Italy and Spain among other countries, chances are that the pandemic is yet to hit us hard and there is a possibility that there is going to be an outbreak in the country at some stage when we will require these face masks in large numbers and my appeal to you is not to waste them now,” said Dr Zizhou.
Face masks must be changed at least four times daily
He also warned members of the public that it is not ideal for one to spend the whole day putting on the same face mask, but to change them regularly, adding that one has to change the protective clothing at least once every two hours, which means such people require about four to five face masks each every day.
“If one wears the face mask for too long, it ends up getting wet from the breath, making it susceptible to virus contamination at the same time exposing oneself to COVID-19 attack,” warned Dr Zizhou.