So why were face masks not recommended at first when the epidemic first started? At first, experts did not know the extent to which the virus could be spread before symptoms began. Nor was it understood that some people had COVID-19 and had no visible signs of having the disease, while others with similar symptoms had no symptoms at all.
Experts also did not know that these symptoms would only show in the early stages when they were still confined to the respiratory tract and had not yet been diagnosed as such. The symptoms showed up when the virus reached the mouth and then infected the upper airway, the uvula and the throat.
If this infection had been detected at the time of its onset, there would have been early treatment and the disease would have been put under control before it progressed to the point that more serious complications arose. Today, with modern medical research and treatment, doctors are able to predict early symptoms of an impending infection.
This makes it possible to treat COVID effectively and even prevent it from developing into a more severe respiratory illness like pneumonia. That is why the use of face masks has been prohibited during the early stages when other preventive measures were not in place or were not working. These measures included good handwashing, proper hygiene after bathing, and using a cough suppressant. These measures alone might have prevented COVID from infecting the first few people.
Today, it is understood that if COVID is to be eliminated completely from the body, it must be allowed to evolve into a more serious disease. Once it reaches this stage, the infection will be transmitted by the person’s secretions into his/her own secretions and the victim will then develop severe respiratory problems.
Therefore, now, all persons who have recently visited Africa should not use a face mask when going about their daily routines. Even those who do not have respiratory illnesses, or are only mildly affected, should stay indoors and limit themselves to limited amounts of outdoor activities for a week or two until the disease is under control. In this way, everyone is sure of being healthy, safe and sound while waiting for an outbreak to be over.
Some people may think that since a case of COVID is very rare, this will not be the cause for concern for them when it comes to the wearing of contact lens cases. However, the fact of the matter is that some contact lens cases can be contaminated with COVID, which means that the same thing can happen to your lenses as well.
In order to avoid such a scenario, all contact lens cases should be sterilized and disinfected, especially if they are used frequently by one person. It may seem that this is a small detail, but it can be crucial, as it would make it much easier to avoid a recurrence of this disease and its transmission to others.