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Omicron scare: Experts warn against cloth masks, should we stop wearing reusable masks? Here’s what we know

As Omicron cases are on a daily increase, experts are again urging people to use masks made up from the materials that meet the health criteria. Cloth masks do not fill any such criteria except being a cover.

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Ever since the spread of the coronavirus began in 2020, masks became a much-hated yet very essential part of our lives. Masks made of various materials are now available everywhere. There have been differences on the specific requirements that masks should fulfill. People have been advised to wear N95 masks throughout this time. Cloth masks have been deemed futile at many occasions.

As Omicron cases are on a daily increase, experts are again urging people to use masks made up from the materials that meet the health criteria. Cloth masks do not fill any such criteria except being a cover.

A professor of primary health services at University of Oxford, Trish Greenhalgh has put some light on this mass mask confusion. Below are some of the key points highlighted by him.

Are all masks made of cloth useless?

All cloth masks are not ineffective. A cloth mask’s efficacy depends on the material it’s made from. 

How should cloth masks be worn to prevent Covid-19?

Double or triple layered cloth masks that are made of mixed materials are more effective in preventing Covid-19.

What kind of masks are the most effective?

As N95 respirator masks filter out 95% of particles, they are effective against coronavirus.

What are the reasons behind mass preferring cloth masks despite the lack of efficiency?

Firstly, most filtering N95 masks fail to cover nose and mouth. Many people face difficulty in breathing wearing those. Secondly, masks have become fashion accessories. Hence, people prefer those.

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What kind of masks should people go for?

Cloth masks that have good filters are now available in market. They can fulfill all requirements, are pocket-friendly, and can be reused.

Covid cases are spiking worldwide. The world is not prepared for a third wave. It is of the utmost importance that Covid restrictions be followed without fault.  

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Covid-19: Delhi reports 2,202 cases, highest in six months; India logs over 20k cases

The fatality rate was recorded at 1.19 percent, and the recovery rate stood at 98.50 percent.

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The coronavirus has started to raise its ugly head in the country once again. There is currently concern about the fourth wave in India, where the number of Covid-19 cases has been increasing continuously for more than a week.

India reported 20,551 new Covid-19 infections and 70 fatalities in the last 24 hours. According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Affairs, the daily positivity rate in the country reached 5.14 percent and the weekly positivity rate stood at 4.64 percent. The fatality rate was recorded at 1.19 percent, and the recovery rate stood at 98.50 percent.

India’s tally of Covid-19 cases has risen to 4,41,07,588 and the death toll has climbed to 5,26,600. The active Covid-19 cases in the country stood at 1,35,364.

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The capital registered 2,202 cases, which is the highest in six months. The health department data shows the positivity rate in the capital reached 11.84 percent. On Wednesday, Delhi reported 2,073 Covid-19 cases with a positivity rate of 11.64 percent. The active cases in Delhi are 6,175.

Maharashtra reported 1,862 cases and seven deaths. Assam logged 431 new cases and two fatalities and Odisha recorded 836 new cases. The five states with the most active cases are Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Punjab.

In response to the rising number of Covid cases and low booster dose uptake throughout India, the Union Health Ministry has offered free booster doses to all eligible individuals over the age of 18 at government-run vaccination centers.

The nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive was started in the country on 16 January 2021, since then 2,055,947,243 vaccine doses have been administered across India.

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Delhi reports 3rd monkeypox case, 8th in India

The reports state that the man doesn’t have any foreign travel history.

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A 31-year-old Nigerian man living in Delhi has been tested positive for monkeypox on Tuesday. According to the reports, the man has been admitted to the Lok Nayak Hospital in Delhi after experiencing symptoms. With this, the capital reported its third monkeypox case, while the total tally has now reached eight.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Affairs confirmed that the patient does not have any foreign travel history. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya confirmed that India has a total of eight monkeypox cases and out of which five patients have a history of foreign travel.

Earlier on Sunday, a 35-year-old Nigerian man also tested positive for monkeypox. The patient was admitted to Lok Nayak hospital soon after and his samples have been sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune for testing.

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The first monkeypox case in Delhi was reported in a 34-year-old man from Paschim Vihar. The patient is currently undergoing treatment. According to the reports, his condition is stable, and he has no symptoms other than lesions.

Earlier in the day, Kerala reported the fifth case of viral infection in a 30-year-old man. The patient is currently admitted to the Manjeri Medical College in Malappuram. The reports state that the patient returned from UAE on July 27.

On Saturday, India reported the first monkeypox fatality. The deceased was a 22-year-old man from Kerala who tested positive for the virus following his return from the United Arab Emirates.

Meanwhile, Karnataka’s capital Bengaluru on Tuesday ordered screening at airports, railway stations and bus stands amid rising monkeypox cases in India.

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Monkeypox: Amid rise in cases, 21-day isolation, screening at airports, railway stations and bus stands in Bengaluru

According to the revised guidelines, at least 21-day isolation will be mandatory for confirm Monkeypox cases.

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Monkeypox: Amid rise in cases, 21-day isolation, screening at airports, railway stations and bus stands in Bengaluru

Karnataka’s capital Bengaluru on Tuesday has ordered screening at airports, railway stations and bus stands amid rise in Monkeypox cases in India.

This change has come after the Department of Health and Family Welfare have issued revised guidelines. It also states that at least 21-day isolation will be mandatory for confirm Monkeypox cases.

Moreover, the zonal health officials have also been instructed to ensure that the screening teams are surely be deployed at airports, railway stations and bus stands in their respective jurisdictions. 

“All suspected Monkeypox cases in the community should be tested and screened through both targeted surveillance and hospital-based surveillance,” the guidelines stated.

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