Corona Virus: Use face masks, precautionary steps, public urged

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While claiming that there was no need to panic over the Corona Virus, the Health Ministry has advised the general public to wear face masks as a safety measure.

Meanwhile, CMC Chief Medical Officer Dr Ruwan Wijayamuni also requested all who come to Colombo to wear face masks as a precautionary measure.

He advised to adhere to this method when entering public places, hotels and restaurants in the Colombo city and also to wear a mask to hotel employees and staff.

The Chief Epidemiologist of the Colombo Epidemiology Unit, Dr Sudath Samaraweera has also issued a statement outlining the measures to be taken to prevent contracting the disease.

According to the statement, the new Corona Virus was capable of spreading from one person to another. Public health measures should take to prevent the disease from spreading in Sri Lanka as it has spread to other countries.

“Avoid crowded areas, wash hands regularly with soap or with alcohol, cover your mouth and nose with the elbow area when you sneeze. Otherwise use tissues and dispose of them safely, avoid close association with those has fever and cough and if anyone suffering from a fever and cough after arriving from an identified new Corona Virus affected area, seek immediate medical attention,” he said in his statement.

  Comments - 8

  • Anmanpan Sunday, 26 January 2020 03:14 PM

    Here it comes. Stop the root cause and shut down the airport. How many in Sri Lanka can afford face masks?

    Anmanpan Sunday, 26 January 2020 03:15 PM

    Am at a shopping mall in Colombo. It is practically empty. Any clue why?

    Chryshan K Sunday, 26 January 2020 03:17 PM

    Hope our there will be sufficient stocks since its run out in China. Our people are shy to wear them. So we are at severe risk.

    Sokrates Sunday, 26 January 2020 04:16 PM

    Nonsense. The world-renowned German Robert Koch Institute has proven that the virus cannot be transmitted through the air and breathing, but only through direct lung contact. Pure scaremongering from the uninformed Sri Lankan Health Ministry.

    Shan Sunday, 03 May 2020 10:48 PM

    @ Sokrates: Direct lung contact? You mean at the site of autopsy of two corpses? See what has happened by your foolish advice.. You have to take the whole responsibility.. Now eveyone knows who is nonsense..

    Anmanpan Sunday, 26 January 2020 05:46 PM

    Good advise but? People laughed when Sajith offered Sanitary Towels for ladies. I was at many pharmacies and there are no face masks. Can the Bud government please sell me a box of face masks, not free. This is like the fertiliser fiasco. During the UNP government the farmers could by it Gota promised it free. Now the Bud says there is no fertiliser to distribute free. Adding salt to the wound, the say the government owes Rs.900 million to the fertiliser companies. Of course then how can Gota give fertiliser free.

    Tamil Sunday, 26 January 2020 06:56 PM

    Sri Lankan Chief Epidemiologist Dr Sudath Samaraweera is a medical Doctor, not a Scientist. The same situation exist in many countries. No wonder in the modern 21st Century, we have no proper cure or answers for virus epidemic like the one we have right now. This is the dangerous price we are paying for allowing the Medical practitioners to have “DOCTOR” title and allow them to ACT as SCIENTISTS. I predicted a similar situation many years ago and wrote on this Daily Mirror column that we are wasting our resources in training doctors when all they can do is to prescribe medicines made by the Scientists. What every country needs is proper Scientists and they should take over the clinical medicine.

    Sanath Perera Tuesday, 28 January 2020 05:50 AM

    Please post the link that confirms Robert Koch Institute has proven that the virus cannot be transmitted through the air and breathing. Isn't direct lung contact mean inhaling the virus?

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