COVID19 is spreading rapidly. A huge number of Malawians
already have abnormal lung function. Time is MASSIVELY against us.
We need made-in-Malawi masks for all Malawians NOW.
Malawi is one of the countries that could be hit hard by the COVID19 pandemic.
Malawi’s healthcare resource is extremely low. As well as lung
disease, very many Malawians are immuno-deficient and malnourished.*
#Masks4AllMalawi advocates for Malawi to copy the
Czech model of universal mask-wearing.
With your help, Malawians can make millions of masks quickly
and locally in Malawi.
With millions of people infected around the world, COVID-19 becomes an alarming health threat to the Malawian community.
To prevent the spread of CORONA virus specifically in Malawi, this video will show you some simple precaution such as wearing a mask, washing of hands, physical distancing and following safety protocols and measures.
You and I are responsible in suppressing the transmission of the virus and saving lives.
Let’s all wear Community Masks correctly and wash them daily with soap and water – I protect you, you protect me!
* Compiled by volunteers from masks4allmalawi.org according to best widely available knowledge. Learn about the sources consulted in preparation of the guidance
* Definition: We refer to A Community Mask as a reusable, washable face-and-nose cover made from cloth in Malawi for Malawians to slow the spread of COVID-19. It is NOT a medical mask. Those should be reserved for health workers.
Please note: Community Masks will NOT protect the wearer from getting infected, but they help to protect others should you be infected. You may not know if you are infected or not – sometimes it takes many days for symptoms to start to appear
– some people that are infected never develop symptoms but are capable of transmitting the virus to others anyway. It is more an act of solidarity and responsible behavior. If it turns out that you’re incubating COVID-19, the people you care
about will be glad you wore a mask.
Moreover, if everybody wears a mask, it can have a protective effect.You must always follow the advice of the Government of Malawi in relation to protecting yourself against Corona-Virus COVID-19.
Community Masks are part of a comprehensive overall solution involving other important measures such as social distancing, hand washing etc.
We have compiled this document to help encourage the better usage of Community Masks based on the (dynamically evolving) evidence and scientific resources, according to the best widely available knowledge.
Please find a list of documents consulted in the process here: sources consulted.
We engaged numerous experts across a broad spectrum of expertise to cover many different points of view (see same link). Community Masks MUST BE used correctly and can be dangerous if not used correctly. The information contained in this Guidance may be contradicted by evidence that emerges in the future.
In addition to raising funds and providing masks for all Malawians, Masks for all Malawi is committed to researching helpful up-to-date information from
experts in the field. Please use this page as a resource for both information and approach as we collectively battle the current global pandemic of
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