Face masks are hard to come by during these times and you could be pushed to look for an online seller that can ship face masks straight to your doorstep. While it’s convenient to add to cart, you should still check if the face masks you’re getting are effective against the virus.
Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire warned Filipinos against face masks being sold online, as they can be of substandard quality.
Face masks should adhere to the standards of the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Trade and Industry, Vergeire told Dobol B sa News TV.
“Meron ho tayong standard na ipinatutupad para sa locally produced na face mask o di kaya mga face mask na ibebenta na produced na mga item,” she said.
Should you decide to purchase face masks online, you must make sure it meets the standard. The DOH earlier said that the suggested retail price face maskst is P28 per piece.
“Kung sakali, meron hong nagkalat online, siguraduhing rehistrado,” she added.
Vergeire underscored that workers in the health care setting should have quality face masks because substandard ones may put their life in danger.
“Binibigyan natin ng emphasis ito especially those who are working in the health care setting kasi kapag nakabili kayo ng mga substandard na PPEs, face mask, maaaring ilagay nito ang buhay niyo sa panganib,” she added.
As healthcare workers need surgical masks and N95 masks daily and a supply is reserved for their use, Vergeire said they allow using face masks made out of cloth for civilians who need to go outside of their homes.
If you’re using a cloth face mask, you still have to properly cover your nose and mouth.
“Ang napansin lang natin, isusuot ang mask pero nakalabas ang ilong o kaya minsan nasa baba lang. ‘Yun lang ang pinapaalala natin sa ating kababayan na kailangan maayos ang pagsuot ng mask,” she added.
Frequent hand washing and observance of social distancing could also help prevent the spread of the respiratory disease.