Even as the coronavirus cases continue to surge in Kathmandu, people in the capital city are found roaming around without wearing masks
Even as the coronavirus cases continue to surge in Kathmandu, people in the capital city are found roaming around without wearing masks.
People without masks dominate vegetable markers, public transportation and government offices.
People have been neglecting frequent requests by the Ministry of Health and Population and health experts to wear masks.
“Wearing masks will protect us from the infection and help to prevent its spread,” said Anup Bastola, consultant tropical medicine at Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital, Teku.
According to World Health Organisation, COVID-19 virus is primarily transmitted via respiratory droplets.
Droplet transmission occurs when a person is in close contact with an infected person. Coughing and sneezing release respiratory droplets in the air through.
They can enter the body through mouth, nose or eyes, according to Bastola.
A recent study by the Nepal Health Research Council in 23 public places of Kathmandu valley such as vegetable market, shopping malls, government and private hospitals, banks, revenue offices, temples, public transportation and hotels found that some people did not wearing masks. In the research conducted among 4,502, people 72.1 per cent wore masks while 27.1 per cent people didn’t wear masks. Total 72.66 per cent people wore masks correctly.