By Bernd Debusmann Jr
On Sunday, the official Twitter account of US Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams warned the public to 'stop buying masks'
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.
تعرفوا معنا على أضرار هذا القناع الذي لا يُنصح أبداً بارتدائه
learn more about the disadvantages of these masks, and why it is not recommended to wear them.#فيروس_كورونا_المستجد #كوفيد19#وزارة_الصحة_ووقاية_المجتمع_الإمارات#coronavirus#covid19#mohap_uae pic.twitter.com/Nzbuv5vGY9— وزارة الصحة ووقاية المجتمع الإماراتية - MOHAP UAE (@mohapuae) February 29, 2020
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.
Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS!
They are NOT effective in preventing general 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!
https://t.co/UxZRwxxKL9— U.S. Surgeon General (@Surgeon_General) February 29, 2020
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.”