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UAE warns against use of N-95 facial mask

On Sunday, the official Twitter account of US Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams warned the public to 'stop buying masks'

UAE warns against use of N-95 facial mask
A man displays a protective N95 face mask and goggles at an office in Washington DC.  

The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention has warned the public against wearing the N-95 facial mask, it was announced on Saturday.

According to the ministry, the N-95 masks may cause additional stress on the respiratory system and lead to diseases.

The mask is meant to be used only by medical staff working in locations where infected patients are being treated. Its use is expressly prohibited for children.

The ‘N-95’ designation of the masks means that it blocks over 95 percent of 0.3 micron test particles.

Despite the fact that doctors and medical industry professionals have repeatedly said that the vast majority of face masks are of no use in combatting the coronavirus, sales have skyrocketed around the world.

On Sunday, the official Twitter account of US Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams warned the public to “stop buying masks.”

“They are not effective in preventing genera public from catching Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk,” the tweet said.

A follow-on tweet said that “the best way to protect yourself and your community is with everyday preventive actions, like staying home when you are sick and washing hands with soap and water, to help slow the spread of respiratory illness.”

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