You’ve been washing your hands diligently and regularly. You’ve embraced social distancing. Now, add another layer of protection – if you haven’t already. The Union health ministry on Saturday recommended that you wear a “handmade reusable face cover’’ when you step out of home. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in the US has issued a similar advisory.
A mask is easy to make — any old cotton T-shirt can be fashioned into one; even a dupatta will do. It’ll not only help keep you safe, it’ll also protect those around you. But remember, you absolutely need to keep it clean. (Please read the accompanying report care fully for dos and don’ts.)
Governments around the world have strongly urged the public not to stock up on medical grade masks; they’re in short supply and are needed a lot more by healthcare workers, patients and other atrisk categories.
The Times of India is today launching a #MaskIndia movement encouraging all Indians to wear simple, homemade masks to cover your nose and mouth. It’s about self-empowerment, it’s about protecting yourself, your family, and your community – and it’s about individual actions adding up to a greater good. We have a responsibility to help India win this war against the virus. Together we shall overcome.