“My mask protects you; your mask protects me” – World Mask Week 2020

Since the start of the lockdown in South Africa in March 2020, wearing a mask has become the new normal. Understanding the benefits and grasping the value of wearing a mask to stop the spread of COVID-19 is crucial. That’s why the Kolisi Foundation joined the Pandemic Action Network in support of World Mask Week (7-14 August 2020).

A review and meta-analysis funded by the World Health Organization and published in The Lancet examined data from 172 studies from 16 countries and six continents found that wearing a face mask could result in a large reduction in the risk of infection. The COVID-19 pandemic is not over; in fact, it’s spreading like wildfire in far too many places around the globe and the most vulnerable of our communities are affected the most. In countries like South Africa that face severe resource shortages, the burden of fighting COVID-19 falls heavily on citizens to change their behaviour and follow preventative measures. These include avoiding mass gatherings, physical distancing and wearing masks.

We now know that any of us could be carrying and spreading the virus, even if we’re not experiencing symptoms. Wearing a mask shows your care for each other— “I cover my face to protect you; you cover your face to protect me.”

As the Kolisi Foundation we grasp the importance of wearing masks in public, and getting these masks into the hands of the most vulnerable in South Africa. We strive to add masks with each of our food parcels distributed to communities in need. We have been distributing more than 13 500 of these parcels since April 2020, with each pack including 2-5 masks. Thank you to each individual and company who donated masks to the Kolisi Foundation to distribute to the most vulnerable. #WorldMaskWeek is a global movement to inspire more people to wear face coverings to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Remember: “My mask protects you; your mask protects me.”

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