HCG Cancer Hospital urges government to make masks mandatory to fight second wave of COVID-19 in India

New Delhi

As the country has been reporting a surge in COVID-19 positive cases, Dr. B S Ajaikumar, Chairman & CEO, Healthcare Global Enterprises Ltd urged government to make face mask mandatory covering nose and mouth to ensure that fellow citizens wear masks compulsorily and maintain social distancing to fight the second wave of covid-19 in India. As per the Union Health Ministry of India there are 90,95,806 COVID-19 cases, including 1,33,227 deaths, 4,40,962 active cases, and 85,21,617 recoveries. The COVID-19 pandemic is a major threat to global health and the economy, the full impact of which is yet unknown.

This pandemic cannot be controlled by the government alone. It needs the involvement and passion of the citizens as well. It needs clear, feasible measures that ordinary people can undertake to help reduce transmission. The lockdown has played a great role in flattening the epidemic curve this far, but it cannot go on forever. It remains an experimental intervention not just for India, but for other countries as well. Face masks while worn properly covering nose and mouth helps to protect against respiratory infections that are spread through the droplet route, and that includes coronavirus and the flu. Viruses such as the coronavirus can spread from an infected person to others through the air by coughing and sneezing or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before hand washing. Wearing face masks in all working environments and public gatherings should be mandatory.