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Elderly and caregivers at risk, must wear N95 masks

NAIROBI, Kenya June 8 – Elderly people and caregivers have been urged to wear N95 masks in public places.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr Rashid Aman said this is because they are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19, hence the need to take extra precautions.

“This is because of the lower immunity of people of that age. Caregivers to patients under home-based programme are also required to be wearing N95 while offering care to this group of people,” Aman said Monday.

“This also applies to people with underlying conditions,” he said.

Dr Aman said 97 more patients had been discharged after recovering, raising the tally so far to 849.

He further advised the elderly and people with underlying conditions to stay at home, where possible to avoid the risk of contracting the virus.

“There are particular risks and it is best that these people stay at home with their families and of course the family should also be COVID-19 free and in such a setting then they do not need the mask but once they step outside where there is close physical interactions then they need the N95,” Aman advised.   

Most of the cases confirmed in Kenya and across the world are on elderly people and those with underlying conditions like HIV/AIDS, Diabetes among other chronic diseases. 

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95 new infections were confirmed Monday, raising the tally so far to 2,862.

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