Karnataka government clarifies on use of mask in public places


Daijiworld Media Network – Bengaluru (EP)

Bengaluru, Mar 31: The commissionerate of Health and Family Welfare Services, Bengaluru, in circular has cleared the doubts in the minds of people and officials over utilisation of masks during the enforcement of lockdown relating to coronavirus in progress at present.

The commissionerate has stated that it has come to its notice that the management of commercial complexes, shops and commercial establishments are forcing ordinary people to wear masks. “The government has already clarified through circulars and directions about who should wear masks. Therefore, it is being clarified here that a person needs to wear mask only if he or she is suffering from cold, cough, and fever or breathing difficulties.

“Masks should also be worn by persons suspected to be suffering from coronavirus or looking after patients suffering from breathing difficulties.

Suspected coronavirus patients or those who are involved in the treatment of such patients should wear only N-95 masks. Those who are not indulged in their treatments may wear surgical masks with three layers,” states the circular.

 

 

  

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Wed, Apr 1 2020

    CORONA will come it will go, world will move on, but leaving mask makers, hand sanitizer makers, ventilator maker crorepathis in a very short span, this is the magic of CORONA!

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  • Donald Joywin Rego, Bondel

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    Sir,
    Where to get masks from? Everywhere out of stock. Please make arrangements for the masks 🙏

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    Surprisingly as per my observation, so far most of the deaths have occurred from the middle & upper middle class; very few from the poor have succumbed, at least, in Mumbai!

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    Mask or no mask, 80-85% of the population only has mild symptoms & overcome the virus; 15% get classical symptoms which may require ICU care; from that 5% may require ventilator care, mortality rate is 2% way less than SARS & MERS, only worrying point is it's high transmission rate! The 2% mortality is seen in people with other comorbid conditions like diabetes, hypertension etc.!
    By far, it appears that the virus does not sustain in hot & humid conditions!

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    With our population 2 percent is a massive number. We have one hospital bed per 10,000 people!

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    That's if 100% get infected; in all probability, Corona will lose its virulence as people develop immunity as it spreads!

    Same panic was rung during all recent major deadly viral attacks like HIV, SARS, MERS etc., but they died down!

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    Ajay, as per Chinese researchers:
    "Researchers in China say preliminary research shows there are two strains of the novel coronavirus that has been declared a global pandemic.

    Scientists at Peking University’s School of Life Sciences and the Institut Pasteur of Shanghai report that a more aggressive strain has infected roughly 70 percent of those tested, while a less aggressive strain was linked to the remaining 30 percent, according to Reuters. Researchers named the aggressive strain “L type,” and the less aggressive version “S type.” The L type was seen more often in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak, but the frequency of this type of virus has since decreased from early January."

    NOW THE QUESTION REMAINS IS WHAT TEST REPORTS WE ARE GETTING IS STRAIN SPECIFIC OR GENERIC? LOOKING AT THE MORTALITY RATE SO FAR, I THINK WE HAVE BEEN ATTACKED BY THE "S" TYPE!! TIME WILL TELL!!!!

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  • vishnu bhat, bangalore

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    the way our people use masks! the same mask re-used for several days - you are likely to get infected from the mask!!

    Spare the masks for the sick, their close family/attendants, and the healthcare workers.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    Very true, wearing face masks & maintaining it has a procedure! Wearing one because of fear or compulsion w/o following proper procedure can be counterproductive & inviting trouble! I think a clean pocket handkerchief is best & easy to use as a mask!

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  • Sujir Praveen, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    No Stock of Mask in Mangalore Medicals , supply sufficient Mask to Medical Shops before Karnataks Govt. implement to public.

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  • peter, india

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    wearing mask is your choice but will it protect you from virus NO if you can breath air why not virus only certain type of masks can prevent this virus entering the body through nose while breathing if you go out you dont know who is a carrier to this virus and you may have rubbed shoulder with him you may have touched the same thing which the effected person has touched so the virus is out side your body on your clothes that is why health official saying isolate your self, social distancing, clean your hand now and then if your out of the house roaming around, dont touch your face without cleaning the hands with soap. As soon as come home wash your clothes with soap water or hot water.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    Sir, very soon the problem of water shortage will come; open wells are on the verge of drying up! In Bangalore water tanker supply started in full swing!

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  • Helen D'Souza, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    As per one video received, clip by Zech Republic an Citizen, it is advisable for all to wear the masks, even inside the house. This will prevent spread of virus from a healthy person (who is carrying the virus, but showing no symptoms). and vice vesa.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    Yesterday one MLA had given some strict instructions for today's shopping break where he said face mask is compulsory for all those shopping; and, now the above is a contradiction???

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  • J.F D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    Even when we go to shops to purchase our groceries, essential commodities and stnd on Q they insist us to wear mask and threaten that police wil come and book cases etc. Why this misunderstanding.

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    Even if a healthy person wears a mask and a Covid positive coughs or sneezes very close to him the virus can enter the eyes and then the nasolacrimal duct into the nose throat and lungs(which is the target organ. ) Again carrying the mask home will infect other people at home if viruses are sitting on the outer surface.So what the authorities have said is correct.Be Healthy Be Happy.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    It is very to easy to say don't wear masks. Do you have any proof that disease is not airborne. WHO reference or few internet references not enough.

    Worldwide 7 lacs infected. Do you think all of them infected through sneez particles, cough or direct contacts alone?

    More bad is that, westerners do not cover their mouth while sneez or cough. So lot of cases there. If it is not airborne, how do you get disease while traveling together?

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Wed, Apr 1 2020

    Per my knowledge, it's airborne only to the extent of how far sneeze droplets can go; after that it falls to the ground, hence they are recommending safe distance of atleast 6ft!!

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    I think authorities are misinformed about the use of masks.
    When you wear a surgical mask, If any covid-19 positive person coughs or sneezes next to you, the threat of direct inhalation of droplets is eliminated.
    Once you reach home, dispose of the mask, have bath and change your dress, you are safe.

    If the same situation happens to a person who is not wearing a mask, the risk of infection is very high.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    Not just that. Covid19 patient may be releasing virus particles just through air breathing out... virus are minor than dust particles.. nobody seen it? I am not creating panic but so far nobody proved that wrong..

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  • Sandesh, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    How you know who is the Covid 19 carrier. Yes covid 19 virus will be circulating in Air for 2 hours, specially in closed and air conditioning rooms.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    It is difficult to say who is carrying virus and even healthy person can be a carrier.
    So if everyone wears masks, then there are two obstacles. That is person who releases virus has mask and person who recieves it too has mask. If virus crosses both the obstacles, then you are unlucky. Let us say virus failed to cross 2 masks😇

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    First all police should be told about this....

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    Masks should be used only by people who are in contact with Covid 19 Patients ...

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  • K. V. Rajeshwara, MANGALORE

    Tue, Mar 31 2020

    But outside we don't know what is the status of person we face or encounter.He may be a quarantine person.So it's better to wear mask when you face stanger

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