This country’s’ Health Services Subcommittee of the National Emergency Committee, has issued a number of recommendations for the wearing of masks, in view of the Caribbean Public Health Agency’s advise to Member States, to employ the correct use of masks.

The Committee said in a release, that under this new guidance, it is important for persons using any type of mask, whether medical respirator or cloth, must adhere to frequent and proper hand hygiene, including washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or cleansing hands with 70% alcohol hand sanitizer, immediately dispose of single use masks and apply the correct cleaning methods for reusable masks.

Also, as a precautionary measure, the organization said the general population should practice wearing masks, while out in public, as when in the company of the elderly.

Medical masks and respirators (e.g. N95 masks) the committee should be reserved for use by healthcare workers, in hospital settings.

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