Dr Zafar Mirza – Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health, on Monday, urged the public to ensure the use of facial masks, whereas the specialized N-95 masks are reserved for healthcare workers only.
Zafar Mirza took to social media to stress upon the need to adhere to the preventive measures and guidelines to curb the spread of coronavirus, stating that the public might resort to any kind of face masks to protect themselves, meanwhile N-95 masks are reserved for healthcare professionals only.
“For general public, face mask in crowded places can be surgical or medical masks or even home-made cloth mask but not N95 mask please. N95 mask is a specialized mask ONLY for frontline health workers who take care of critically ill COVID-19 patients in ICUs,” he tweeted.
Prior to this the government, on Sunday, has announced that the use of face masks is mandatory in public places.
“Face masks are now mandatory to be worn by everybody while in crowded public places, mosques, bazaars, shopping malls, public transport i.e. road, rail and flights,” said Zafar Mirza.
It is to be noted that the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Pakistan has reached 72,460, with 25,963 recoveries and 1,543 deaths so far.