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.
“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.
“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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