Government declares masks and hand sanitizers as essential commodities

Confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 114 in India on Monday as stated by health ministry officials. With more than 1,24,330 people getting infected worldwide, COVID-19 has caused a global panic. The world health organization has declared the Coronavirus a pandemic, the government has been spreading awareness regarding how you can reduce the risk of getting sick.

With the increasing cases and widespread of the Coronavirus in India, Government declared masks and hand sanitizers as essential commodities. They have been put under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 to enable the government to regulate the production of N-95 masks and sanitizers. The government pointed out that masks and hand sanitizers are either not available in the market or are available at high prices. The availability of the masks and sanitizers will be increased and the prices will be fixed reasonably.

People who have recently travelled are advised to avoid meeting people for a period of 2 weeks to avoid the spread. Each individual should self-quarantine himself, report immediately if any symptom of COVID-19 appears, repeatedly wash hands with soap, keep hand sanitizers having more than 60 per cent of alcohol.

So far two people in India had died, one each in Delhi and Karnataka and a total of 10 has been discharged after full recovery.

There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19, the best way to prevent illness is avoiding exposure to public places and keeping your hands clean and properly sanitized with a sanitizer having more than 60 per cent of alcohol content. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. To disinfect any surface, people are recommended to wear disposable gloves and washing hands thoroughly immediately after removing the gloves.

People are advised to wear face masks when they are around other people or are entering a healthcare centre and cover their face properly while coughing or sneezing if they are sick. People who are not sick should wear masks when they are exposed to public places or places where there is a risk of catching the virus.

Government declares masks and hand sanitizers as essential commodities