Australians advised not to wear face masks amid coronavirus pandemic

  • Australians advised not to wear face masks amid coronavirus pandemic

Australians advised not to wear face masks amid coronavirus pandemic

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Paul Kelly, said that due to restraints on supply, Australians should lean towards not using masks and to instead just stay at home.

Health authorities are urging Australians to get their flu shots as soon as possible this year, with the community set to face the "double burden" of the flu season during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The medical officer also said that after millions of masks were delivered to Australia, it was important these only went towards those working on the front line.

Meanwhile, in light of a face mask shortage for the healthcare system in the USA, the CDC recommended that all Americans wear cloth masks or face coverings when they go outside to prevent coronavirus spread.

"We can be cautiously optimistic at this point in time".

U.S. health authorities have changed their positions on masks, reflecting concern over an alarming rate of infection spread by people with no symptoms.

Professor Paul Kelly told reporters on Saturday the government was not recommending face masks be worn as it could place additional strain on stock levels for health care workers.

Kelly also pointed to their poor effectiveness in protecting someone from the virus as another reason why most Australians shouldn't wear face masks when they're going about their daily business.

"For example, if you are not used to wearing a mask, it can become quite uncomfortable ... it can become quite itchy underneath the mask".

He said the country has made gains in face mask supplies and in its effort to make its own face masks.

Professor Kelly said if you touched a surface with the virus, then scratched an itch underneath the mask, you could "increase your risk, rather than decrease your risk" of becoming infected.

Almost 7,000 people have died from coronavirus in the U.S., with more than 270,000 confirmed cases of the highly infectious disease.

"Our priority during this period is doing what we can to support the immediate needs of NDIS participants, including through enabling priority home delivery of groceries and other basic essentials", Government Services Minister Stuart Roberts said in a statement.

"If we do that we hope that within weeks to a few months we might actually see a dip in the curve as well".

Ashley Lawrence is donating clear masks to those who might have a hard time communicating with doctors and their community during the coronavirus pandemic.

"But some of these restrictions are very tough, and I think it is incredible and extraordinary how Australians have embraced these different ways of living".