On Sunday (5/4), Government Spokesperson for Handling Covid-19 Achmad Yurianto suggested that the public could wear fabric/cloth masks that could be washed and worn many times. Currently, surgical masks and N-95 type masks are prioritized for doctors and paramedics.
Although less than optimal, 3-layer fabric/cloth masks are thought to be able to ward off viruses by up to 70%. This was conveyed by the Covid-19 Cluster Expert Team member, Wiku Adisasmito when providing education related to the use of masks in the community through a teleconference.
He said, “According to the results of the study, fabric/cloth masks can ward off viruses by up to 70 percent. Thus, keep a minimum distance of 1-2 meters.”
On the other hand, using fabric/cloth masks correctly is the key. Some important points delivered by Wiku are:
First, a fabric/cloth mask must be worn starting from the nose to covering the chin. The mask can be sewn manually or by using a machine and must be suitable to the shape of the face and not be loose.
Second, fabric/cloth masks must be replaced and washed regularly. This means that everyone requires several masks.
As is well known, the spread of the Covid-19 comes in several ways. Primarily is from the nose, mouth and eyes from contact with human fingers. That is why wearing a mask is very important.
Wiku also expressed appreciation for citizens who continue to distribute masks and also asked the community to remind each other regarding the use of masks. Wiku believes that if this is carried out down to family level, then we can all suppress the development of this pandemic.