COVID-19: Red Aid India distributes free masks

In our strive to contain the spread of the highly contagious Novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Red Aid India with the help of its partner- BCM Hospital in Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh; distributed free face masks and spread awareness in the nearby vulnerable communities. A total of 3090 face masks were distributed to front line responders- police officers, grocery shop keepers, daily wagers, and people with disabilities residing in parts of Khairabad in Sitapur District.
With an increasing number of coronavirus cases in India, it has become mandatory for the Indian population to cover their nose and mouth with a face mask, handkerchief, or any other piece of cloth in at least two layers; before stepping out of their homes. Although, it is strongly advised to limit going outdoors or step out only when it is absolutely necessary.
Masks or two-layered cloth have been found to be extremely useful in controlling and containment of the spread of coronavirus, so it is imperative to adopt strict physical distancing and isolation measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. The highly contagious coronavirus is a respiratory virus that is believed to be spreading through droplets from the nose and mouth of an infected person especially when they cough or sneeze. It can also be spread by touching surfaces that may harbor the virus after droplets from an infected person lands on it. To prevent the infection, it is important to stay more than 1 meter away from a person who is sick, wash hands regularly, avoid touching your face; and cover nose and mouth with a face mask or a cloth to prevent the spread of nasal and oral droplets.