Facemasks not only prevent the spread of airborne viruses and discourage hand to face contamination, but people wearing masks are also more likely to keep their distance from others, reinforcing social distancing requirements.
However, in spite of the overwhelming evidence that facemasks would be beneficial to the public, our Prime Minister and her top health officials continue to tell us that they are not needed.
That is simply not good enough. We should be pressing our Government to obtain sufficient supplies of facemasks to not only ensure there are plenty for health workers, but for households as well. This is what governments are doing in countries that have successfully contained the virus.
Here in New Zealand there are businesses that would welcome the opportunity to manufacture facemasks for all New Zealanders. The Prime Minister should authorise that now!
PS. In the meantime, the US Centre for Disease Control recommends using scarves and cloth masks, if proper ones are not available, and has provided details for making your own, including DIY options that don’t need sewing – see HERE.