By Sue-Ann Wayow
THE Covid-19 virus is no respecter of spaces whether public or private and citizens should wear their masks even at the home once visitors are around.
Chief Medical Officer of Health for St George East Dr Osafo Fraser speaking during the Ministry of Health’s virtual press conference on Saturday reminded the public of the basic but effective measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
He said, “Wearing your mask only works if you wear your mask properly covering your nose and your mouth. If you are wearing your mask and you are not covering your nose, your mouth well then you are effectively not wearing your mask properly and the virus will have the opportunity to pass from one person to the other.”
Fraser said, “We know also that we talked about wearing your masks in private. The virus does not respect those spaces and those distinctions. If you have invited some-one into your house or you are in a gathering in a private space, it is also recommended that you keep your mask on so you can prevent the virus from going from one person to the next.
“If you are in your own home and some-one comes into your home, not because you are home and you are comfortable you will leave your mask off. It is also recommended that you keep your mask on even though it is in the context of your own home setting where you have people coming into your space.”
Fraser said if other family members or other persons had to visit, open-air spaces were recommended for meeting areas. All surface areas should be cleaned and sanitised regularly. The washing of hands should also be done properly as well and consistently. Social distancing should be practiced continually and the further distance away people could maintain from each other, the less likely the virus will be able to spread. Avoid large gatherings as much as possible and do not physically interact with people once ill, Fraser reminded citizens.