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NEWS: Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says face masks are essential.

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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has clarified confusion relating to the use of face masks amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

He says that although the virus is not airborne, masks are essential. There is no question that the use of masks is one of the best ways of preventing the spread of infection.

We recommend them particularly where people have any cough or any symptoms or in a situation where social distancing is a bit difficult.

Mkhize said that the issue of COVID-19 being an airborne infection is something that came out in the papers but WHO disputed that. As far as we’re aware, it’s a droplet infection.

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