Shillong: Meghalaya Government has classified it as an important strategy to suppress transmission and save lives. In view of this, the government has urged all persons in the Meghalaya a to follow the mask-wearing protocols.
These include any person age 2 years or older wearing a three-ply surgical mask/N-95 mask when stepping out in public spaces or even when sharing personal space with people not belonging to their household.
It is not recommended to wear masks made from materials that are hard to breathe through (such as plastic or leather) Or masks made from fabric that is loosely woven or knitted, such as fabrics that let light pass through or Masks made with only one layer of fabric.
Masks made with breathable fabric (such as cotton) maybe layered with a three-ply surgical mask underneath it to ensure maximum protection.
The protocol also impresses upon the importance of cleaning one’s hands before putting a mask on, as well as before and after one takes it off.
Mask should cover nose, mouth, and chin properly, wrapping a scarf/muffler over the face as a Mask must be avoided.
Mask, should be stored in a clean place if it is to be reused. It is recommended to wash fabric masks every day before use.
In accordance with the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, it is recommended to keep used disposable masks in a paper bag for a minimum of 72 hours prior to their disposal as general waste. It is also advised to cut the masks prior to disposal to prevent their reuse.
A person who is tested positive for COVID-19 or having symptoms should necessarily wear masks around other people.
Mask should be worn inside your home if someone is sick with symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19. All Healthcare workers are to necessarily wear N-95 masks in healthcare settings.