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Bahrain call to take health measures even more seriously

TDT | Manama

The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com

The “spike” in the number of coronavirus active cases is more often than not a direct consequence of individuals not following public health measures.

So to keep one self and the entire community safe against COVID-19, the National Medical Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus has been consistently and tirelessly advising the public to strictly adhere to health guidelines and precautionary measures.

The best way to prevent the spread of virus is to wear face mask when heading out in public, observe social distancing, limit family gatherings, avoid large crowds, and get vaccinated.

And even after getting the vaccine, health authorities still recommend people to not abandon all of them. Other prescribed protective measures also include doing more outdoor activities and washing hands frequently. Properly wearing a mask can help keep everybody safe while navigating the pandemic.

While one should continue to wash hands, cover coughs and sneezes, avoid touching face and follow social distancing rules, wearing a mask is an essential step to stay safe.

The most common way COVID-19 spread is through person-to-person contact. When an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, they produce respiratory droplets that can travel about six feet and can land in the mouths or noses of those nearby.

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COVID-19 can also be spread by people who don’t know they have the virus since they aren’t experiencing any symptoms. Because of this, health professionals recommend wearing masks or cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of the virus.

In these circumstances, a mask can add an extra layer of protection. While wearing a mask may not keep one from getting COVID-19, it can help lower the odds.

If a person is sick, a mask can help prevent germs from infecting others.

If one is healthy, a mask can help keep respiratory droplets from someone who is sick from landing in his/her nose and mouth. While we can’t quantify how effective it is to wear a mask, we do know it offers some protection while not wearing one offers none. In short, we are all at the lowest risk when everyone wears a mask.

And remember, social distancing and hand washing are very important safety precautions too that everyone should follow. Studies show that even a distance of three feet significantly decreases the spread of the coronavirus from one person to another.

At six feet, the risk decreases even further, at nine feet even further than that, and so on, particularly in an indoor setting. Scientific evidence is clear: prescribed protective measures help prevent people from spreading COVID-19, and from being infected themselves.