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Use Of Face Shield Increases Risk Of Contracting COVID-19- GMA



The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has cautioned users of face shield as preventive measure to protect themselves from contracting COVID-19, saying its use without facemask is a great risk.

The caution came on the heels of the alarming rate of wearing of face shields without nose masks as protection against COVID-I9.

GMA maintained that nose masks is the only one recommended by medical experts to safeguard against contraction of COVID-19 through air.

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“The face shields protect against splashes and might be added to a mask, however, it should not be used as a replacement for nose masks in protecting one against COVID-19,” a statement GMA said.

It also said “Continuous use of face shields without nose mask by the public will lead to increased cases of COVID-19 in the country. The public is advised to wear nose masks at all times.”

Speaking on reports on social media platforms about a decrease in blood oxygen concentration as well as a build-up of carbon dioxide when one used a nose mask.

MGA said “As Medical Doctors (especially Surgeons), we wear face masks all the time in the course of work and no such derangements have been observed,” it said.

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“We entreat the public to disregard these social media reports. The No mask, No Entry policy should be rigorously enforced. A face shield is NOT a nose mask.”

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Hammed Tajudeen is the editor in-chief of Blaze News, holds Higher National Diploma(HND) in Mass Communication, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree.

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