Face masks are not essential. As per question 10, the most effective tools for preventing COVID-10 are: Staying at home/social isolation, social distancing from others, washing your hands, and maintaining proper hygiene when coughing and sneezing (catch it, bin it, kill it campaign).
Global health advice states that face masks do not on their own prevent COVID-19 transmission. Wearing a mask does not mean you should become complacent in following other hygiene practices such as washing your hands.
Masks are only required where advised by a doctor.
by Dr Sukhdev Singh, Sikh Doctors Association
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