Keffiyeh being worn as face masks: is it safe?
Posted on March 13 2020
We have spotted several SEP keffiyeh owners wearing their scarf as a face mask, in this period of COVID-19 pandemic. Main image, Lina Hadid wearing her "Lina" keffiyeh.
@5arah.s in her Mini triangle keffiyeh, aka "Lina".
This raises some important questions:
Does a scarf offer the same protection from virus transmission as a medical mask?
No, it does not.
A medical mask is usually designed to be used only once, then disposed of and replaced several times a day. Experts say that medical masks are necessary protection accessories for people who are considered "high risk" or have a particularly weak immune systems; in the current global shortage of medical masks, they call for healthy individuals to wear scarves instead and leave medical masks to those who really need them.
Ref Doctor Adriana Bonifacino, Onchologist from the Sant'Andrea Hospital in Rome:
I am a healthy person, does the scarf worn as mask help me and others?
As doctor Bonifacino says, coughing into your scarf will protect others from droplets and vice-versa, ie it won't hurt and it is better than nothing, if you are in good health. For a scarf to be free of germs, make sure to wash it as often as possible, even daily. A SEP scarf, just like any other scarf is NOT a replacement for medical advice and equipment as well as other key measures to prevent contagion, such has washing hands often and respecting the 1 meter minimum distance.
Which Keffiyeh scarf will cover up my face with the least possible friction and heat generation?
@karim.elachar in his Baby keffiyeh.
Which measures have SEP Jordan taken in Jerash camp at the production headquarters and the Academy?
The SEP Academy and Workshop in Jerash camp has established a series of procedures designed to minimise the contagion risk.
- Anyone feeling unwell should not come to the SEP buildings
- Hands have to be washed regularly and every visitor is asked to use hand sanitiser
- Handshakes are not permitted and all visitors and personnel are encouraged to keep a minimum distance of 1m between them
How is COVID-19 changing the SEP spending priorities?
For every item sold during the pandemic crisis, 20$ will be spent on hand sanitisers, disinfectant and medicines in Jerash camp. More on the "Thank you, this is how your money is being spent" blog post.