Health Ministry warns against usage of N95 masks with valves - FIVEMINUTE

By : Samarjeet Singh  |  Updated On : 13 Aug, 2020

Health Ministry warns against usage of N95 masks with valves - FIVEMINUTE

The central government has warned all states and union territories to stop the use of N-95 masks. The Center warned this, saying that N-95 do not prevent the virus from spreading and it is "harmful" to the measures adopted to control the coronavirus.

In a letter to the Principal Secretaries of Health and Medical Education of the states, the Director-General of Health Services (DGHS) of the Ministry of Health said, it has been observed that the N-95 mask is "inappropriate use" by the public and health workers. The DGHS has recommended the use of Homemade protective cover for face and mouth on the Health Ministry website.


DGHS Rajeev Garg said in a letter, ‘N-95 mask is harmful to the measures adopted to prevent the spread of coronavirus because it does not prevent the virus from getting out of the mask. In view of this, instruct everyone to use face/mouth cover and to prevent improper use of N-95 mask.


The government issued guidelines in April. Accordingly, people were asked to use the face/mouth cover made at home. In these instructions, He said that always use the mask whenever you get out of the house. When using a homemade mask, wash it. Use cotton cloth to make face cover at home. No matter what colour the mask is. Just make sure that the clothes have been thoroughly washed in boiling water for 5 minutes. Add salt to this water as well.