Face mask can reduce coronavirus risk by 80%

Face mask can reduce coronavirus risk by 80%
Updated 16 April 2014

Face mask can reduce coronavirus risk by 80%

Face mask can reduce coronavirus risk by 80%

Wearing a face mask can reduce the risk of being infected by the coronavirus by more than 80 percent, Dr. Hana Bakhash, a consultant in infectious diseases and viruses at Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital (DSFH) in Jeddah, told Arab News.
“Residents are advised to maintain personal hygiene and wash their hands regularly, as well as avoid large crowds, especially at hospitals, commercial centers, malls and markets,” she said.
Pharmacy owners have reported a boom in mask sales, with a 300-percent increase in a single week, indicating fear among locals that has only been exacerbated by rampant rumors on social networking sites.
“I hardly used to sell any face masks in the past, but have sold more than 200 in the last week, said Omar Al-Nouri, a pharmacy owner in Jeddah. “Prices range between 70 halalas and SR3 for a single face mask depending on the shape and quality, while a box of 50 costs SR25.”
“Local pharmacies have suddenly experienced a supply deficit in face masks thanks to soaring demand, while many pharmacies have taken advantage by increasing prices,” said Mohammad Sajjad, a pharmacist in Jeddah.
“The spread of the coronavirus in Jeddah has seen a boom in the sales of disinfectants and respirators, a device designed to protect wearers from inhaling dusts, fumes or vapors,” said Abdo Shehata, a pharmacist. “Respirators cost between SR10 to SR50, depending on the size and quality.”
“Masks and sterilizers have been out of stock at my pharmacy for three days,” he said. “I tried to order from other pharmacies, which have also run out.”
“Rumors have prompted me to purchase three entire boxes worth of masks and disinfectants for my family,” said Saleh Al-Zahrani, a local. “I worry about my kids, who are still in primary school.”
“Seeing people around me wearing masks at a local hospital prompted me to start wearing one,” said Layan Al-Sufi, another resident.