Masks with valves are not registered for COVID-19 – FDA

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FDA Director-General Eric Domingo, in an interview over DZBB, said that such masks are not registered for medical purposes. 

 

“Hindi sila mga medical and/or surgical masks, kundi ay mga industrial masks. ‘Yan po ang ginagamit ng mga karpintero o ng mga naga-grinding,” he said. “So ang talagang intensyon niyan ay hindi makapasok ‘yung alikabok sa ihihinga ng tao.”

 

one-way protection.

People who wear masks with valves, Domingo said, only provide “one-way protection.”

“Halimbawa kung ikaw ay may sakit at suot-suot mo (yung may valve), maaring lumabas po ‘yung hininga niyo doon sa valve. Kung infection control ang pag-usapan, yung mga [masks with valves] ay hindi po para doon,”

“Ang proteksyon niya one-way, eh ang gusto natin ang proteksyon ng mask ay two-way. Kung tayo ay walang sakit hindi tayo mahahawa, kung tayo ay may sakit hindi tayo manghahawa,”

CLoth masks

Domingo said that it is still best that the public makes use of medical or surgical masks. Cloth masks will also suffice.

“Sa mga ospital o sa mga naga-alaga ng may sakit, gusto po talaga natin medical or surgical use na mga masks. Pero kung everyday use, kahit naman po mga cloth masks. Mas safe pa po ang mga regular masks na walang valve,”

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