It’s dangerous to use Face Shield against COVID-19-GMA
The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has cautioned Ghanaians against the use of face shields in the face of the coronavirus outbreak.
GMA says the face shields are not safe and has the potency to help in the spike of our coronavirus cases.
President of GMA Dr. Frank Ankobea told Kwabena Agyapong on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that there is currently no vaccine or cure for the virus and the only way to stay safe is to adhere to the safety protocols including the wearing of face masks, social distancing and hand-washing.
But what we have realised is that some Ghanaians have abandoned the use of face masks and using face shields which are not safe and
He said the face shield gives a false sense of protection and security and could easily make the users contract the virus.
He advised the public not to abandon the use of their face masks adding, if you want to wear your face shields, you have to first wear your face masks.
”The face shield is complimentary but from the signs we have observed, the face mask is more protective. If you want more protection, you can compliment the face mask with the face shield. But you you evaluate and examine the two, the face mask is far better.”
He stressed, ”wearing the face shield alone is very dangerous and not safe for us. It will rather spread the virus at an alarming rate”.
”We are recommending the face mask. The face shield is not compulsory. If you use the shield, you are not well protected because your nose and mouth are exposed,” he added.
He also disputed claims that wearing the face mask is uncomfortable, saying this is a false agenda being spread on social media.
”What do you prefer; a bit of discomfort in wearing the face mask or refusing top wear it so you are exposed to the virus? We have to protect ourselves because there is no vaccine. Wearing the face mask is the only way to protect ourselves,” he stated.
Meanwhile, he has warned against the thought people have about the virus being for only the prominent in society.
He asked Ghanaians not to let their guard down and regret later.