Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize recommended that face-masks be worn. This is an addition to hand washing and social distancing. To guarantee that N95 masks and surgical masks are obtained for workers who need them, he recommends that the cloth face-mask should be used by the general community.
Basic rules when wearing a mask:
- The mask must cover the mouth and nose entirely.
- Do not be lower the face-mask when speaking, coughing or sneezing.
- Do not touch the mask once it is on your face (fidgeting with the mask regularly is greatly discouraged as it is important to avoid touching the face. The inner side of the mask should not be touched.)
- Wash hands before and after wearing and removing the face-mask.
- Wash face-masks made from cloth with warm soapy water and iron when dry. Ironing helps with decontamination.
- Change your cloth face mask if it is wet or visibly dirty.
- Have at least 2 face-masks so that one face-mask is available when the other is being washed.