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Wearing Face Masks At Home To Reduce Coronavirus Risk

​No one would have imagined what 2020 will bring. We are only in the first quarter of this year, and we have seen more people dying than ever. Coronavirus is a highly contagious disease which was first reported in Wuhan, China, on New Year’s Eve of 2020, and has now spread across the globe. As of writing this blog, there are over 6 million people infected with coronavirus all around the world. Medical professionals believe that it will take years before a vaccine will be made against this virus. So, what to do then? 

Well, we have to live with coronavirus for some time now. So, we all must take preventive steps to reduce the infection rate of coronavirus. Maintaining social distancing, washing hands frequently, buying a health insurance policy​, and wearing a face mask can help in the reduction of coronavirus infection. Now you will say wearing a mask. Yes, wearing a mask is important and studies have shown that not only one should wear it outside the home, but should also wear it inside the home. But firstly, let’s see what the take of the countries is on wearing masks including ours. 

What World Thinks On Making Face Mask Mandatory?

Major countries have different opinions on wearing a face mask. Countries such as Germany, UAE, Czech Republic, and India have made wearing masks compulsory. Whereas countries like the United States have not advised their citizen to wear a face mask, but there is no rule against it. Countries like the United Kingdom and Singapore have strictly prohibited people to wear a face mask in order to ensure enough face masks for health workers and patients. 

Why Should One Wear Face Mask Inside Home?

The Indian government made wearing face masks in public compulsory on 9th April 2020. Earlier Indian government agreed to WHO or World Health Organisation, who in their guidelines have stated that face mask should only be worn by a sick person and by people who are taking care of that sick person and medical workers. However, there are studies now that have proven that people are getting infected by their family members. The same study has shown that wearing face masks in the same house before symptoms emerge was 79% effective at curbing transmission. All in all, wearing a face mask inside the home is equally important as wearing it outside the home. However, the World Health Organization and Public Health England still states that wearing a face mask is not mandatory and haven’t endorsed the wearing of face masks indoors or outdoors as they think there isn’t enough evidence to support the idea. They still believe that social distancing and frequent hand washing is an effective precautionary measure.

Face masks should be made mandatory as it protects us from getting infected with coronavirus, as these masks have a tiny hole, that filters out small aerosol particles to come inside your mouth or nose. There are three types of face masks: Homemade Cloth face mask, Surgical face mask, and N95 Respirators.

Other than following the guidelines issued by the health ministry of India, you should buy health insurance online to ensure the overall protection of yourself and your loved ones.