FDA warns people who use valved masks as protection against COVID-19

FDA warns people who use valved masks as protection against COVID-19

- The Food and Drug Administration aired a warning to the public about the masks they wear

- It stated that valved masks cannot prevent a person from contracting the novel coronavirus

- According to Eric Domingo, the director-general of FDA, such kind of masks is not designed for medical use

- He stated that cloth masks are still better to be used every day as they give two-way protection

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to the public against the use of valved masks as protection for the novel coronavirus disease.

KAMI learned that there are people who prefer to use such kind of masks to keep them from contracting the dreadful virus.

FDA warns people who use valved masks as protection against COVID-19

An example of a valved mask (Photo from Getty Images)
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However, authorities revealed on Saturday that masks with exhaust valves cannot actually prevent a person from acquiring COVID-19.

Eric Domingo, the director-general of FDA, mentioned that valved masks are designed for industrial use and not for medical purposes.

“They do not have infection control. The valves are not designed to, for instance, protect a person from inhaling the air being exhaled by an infected person wearing it,” he quipped.

“While masks with valves are designed to ease exhalation and decrease humidity for the wearer, they do not block transmission of COVID-19 because they allow exhaled air and droplets to escape,” he added.

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Domingo further stated that cloth masks are still better to be used every day since they give two-way protection.

“The protection that we want from a mask is two-way. If you are sick, you will not infect others and at the same time, if you are well, you will not get the infection from other infected individuals,” the director-general stressed.

The novel coronavirus disease has been creating a negative impact on the lives of Filipinos. The public is urged to follow health protocols to avoid contracting it.

An Italian doctor recently claimed that COVID-19 is becoming less dangerous and it may disappear without the need for a vaccine.

The pharmaceutical firm called Regeneron also announced that a possible treatment against the virus has already entered the final stage of clinical trials.

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Source: Kami.com.ph

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