Welcome to the new website of #Masks4All in Africa. We hope that you will it helpful. We want to build a strong community in responding COVID-19 in Africa. We are prioritising the campaign of masks for all but we hope to move onto other campaigns. The mask must be a symbol of our activism, hence we call each other “Masketeers”. Join us.
As states reopen amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, many are documenting still-rising levels of new cases. This is partly, or largely, due to bad pandemic-time behavior—that is, not wearing masks and not social-distancing. Even in New York, which has done so well in reducing its numbers, people are getting weary and a little sloppy with protections. A new study out in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that among all the strategies for reducing transmission, wearing face masks may be the central variable that determines the spread of the virus……more
A study by a team of researchers led by a Texas A&M University professor has found that not wearing a face mask dramatically increases a person’s chances of being infected by the COVID-19 virus.
Renyi Zhang, Texas A&M Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and the Harold J. Haynes Chair in the College of Geosciences, and colleagues from the University of Texas, the University of California-San Diego and the California Institute of Technology have had their work published in the current issue of PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). …..more
Over the past few weeks as states began to loosen restrictions, we have been discussing if and how to safely start services again. But the coronavirus is far from gone. As we try and figure out how to hold services while protecting our members, one question is of particular concern: How common is airborne spread of the virus?….more
Lockdowns are necessary because of uncertainty. But the direction of evidence is that people can move around more freely if we disrupt the transmission chain. That cannot be done by one measure alone. Social distancing remains important. Handwashing remains important. But we have to stop transmission at source – and face masks are an important first line of defence to limit the initial spread of the coronavirus. We must wear face masks together with practicing all other prevention measures. We need to reduce the risks of community spread during a lockdown, and we need to be ready to bring our economy back to life after lockdown.
If we start making, distributing, and teaching people how to use masks NOW we can ensure that the 60 million people in South Africa are as safe as possible. And we need not stop there! There are 1.2-billion people in Africa who can follow this path with simple materials that they have at home. And we stand by other activists and volunteers around the world who have stood up to be counted and are making and sharing masks. We can stand our ground in the face of COVID-19. There is hope. We must stand together and be counted…..more
South African surfers have been portrayed in a one-dimensional light during the Covid-19 pandemic. On the ground in Strandfontein, on the Cape Flats, the reality is far more inspiring.
Every morning at 5, Kaltoema Samodien gets up in the dark, brushes her teeth and washes her face. She prays, facing northeast, before having a cup of tea. Then she starts to cook.
Using an enormous steel pot, she mixes 10kg of maize meal and water that she brings to the boil on a gas cooker, using a wooden ladle to stir. It takes on average two hours to make the “pap porridge” that will go towards feeding 500 residents in her community of Strandfontein, many of them young children.
“The children depend on the porridge,” says Samodien as she stirs, adding, “If I get tired, then I get my husband to stir the pot for me. It’s a blessing for us to do it.”….more
Mask-wearing — anathema to many in the U.S. — is one reason why Japan has avoided the heavy coronavirus death tolls seen in many parts of the world, according to the government’s expert panel on the pandemic.
While face-coverings have sparked angry confrontations in some parts of the world and were initially dismissed as ineffective by the World Health Organization, they have long been part of everyday life in Japan. But they won’t be enough for the country to maintain its strong record on containing the virus…..more
The Minister of Health says cloth masks must be worn by all South Africans.