Monday 26 October, 2020

Lack of mask-wearing directly related to COVID-19 spread in T&T

Epidemiologist, Dr Avery Hinds has affirmed that there is a direct link between mask-wearing and COVID-19 in Trinidad and Tobago. 

After managing contact tracing for T&T’s cases, Dr Hinds says he’s found enough relevant information to point toward the urgency for mask-wearing. 

“The actual feedback that we got from many of the close contact situations when we did ask about mask-wearing, we did find that there was lax compliance with mask-wearing in those situations,” he said. 

These contacts and instances of spread, Hinds says, usually happens behind closed doors, like in homes. 

Hinds says if someone in the home knows that they are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, they should wear masks inside. 

“The compliance with masks helps to reduce that risk and we are seeing where lack of compliance does seem to be associated with transmission,” he added. 

Suspected cases are asked to self-isolate, even from other family members as best as possible to avoid transmission to other members of the household. 

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