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Why wearing a mask is no longer a choice

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[Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangangi. Photo/courtesy].

The government has ordered all citizens to ensure they put on face masks.

This is after the number of those tested positive for Covid-19 soared to 191 after 2 more were confirmed on Saturday.

Though there is no specific standards yet for the protective gear, Kenyans have been asked to embrace wearing masks at all times.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the masks prevent one from contracting the disease especially when in public places.

At first, the government said only the sick were in need of face masks as well as medics in health facilities, however, it changed the script.

“Whether homemade or purchased, please put on a face masks whenever in public places,” said Mr. Kagwe.

No Standard

The recommended mask should have at least three layers where the middle one protect an individual from the virus while at the same time enhances proper breathing.

In Kenya, the Kenya bureau of standards (KEBS) says there is no specific standard for the protective gear.

However one is liable for a fine of 20,000 shillings a six month jail term in found flouting such provisions.

“It is our responsibility to fight Covid-19 and am seeing Kenyans already embracing the preventive measures this is commendable,” he said.

So far 24 recoveries have been recorded in country with at least 7 deaths.

The government is urging Kenyans to maintain physical distancing, use sanitizes at all times, avoid hugging or kissing and regularly wash their hands with clean running water with soap.