• Patrick McBride

Covid Second Wave?

TV and Radio adverts and Social Media has kicked up a gear with Ministry of Health coming out with a view to have masks on hand.

The Ministry has updated its advice on the use of masks by the public as part of New Zealand’s ongoing response to COVID-19.

Households should add masks to their emergency kits as part of the collective preparations for a possible further outbreak of COVID-19.

"These don’t need to be medical grade masks – they could either be reusable, or single-use masks like you see for sale online or in shops. Masks are available in a variety of sizes,' the statement said.

Currently the country is at Alert Level 1 and it is not necessary for the public to wear masks because there is no evidence of community transmission of COVID-19.

If we move to Level 2, the public will be encouraged to voluntarily wear masks in situations where physical distancing is not possible – like on public transport or in shops.

"If there are further community cases of COVID-19, masks will be one important component of our strategy for containing the spread of the virus, in part to avoid the need for further lockdowns."

"We have seen around the world that masks can play a role in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when worn by the public where there are cases of community transmission. We’re asking members of the public to view masks as another important tool we can all use," they added.