Health chief clarifies DOH does not recommend use of brassiere as face mask

  • Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III clarified that using bra as an alternative to face mask is not advisable
  • He debunks earlier reports that the undergarment is a good replacement for face masks
  • He still recommends the use of handkerchief or wet towel in the absence of face masks

It turned out that the so-called creative and practical alternatives to N95 face masks is not recommended by the Department of Health after all.

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No less than Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III clarified that using bra as an alternative to face mask is not advisable;  debunking earlier reports that the undergarment is a good replacement for face masks.

Duque, in a report said that bras are not “porous”, meaning it is not enough for breathing. So, utilizing it to protect oneself against ashfall is not a good idea. The health secretary still recommends the use of handkerchief or wet towel in the absence of face masks.

It can be recalled that an assistant secretary from the health agency recommended the use of brassiere; adding that it is among the creative way coming out in times of calamities and to solve the shortage of such item.

“There are other creative ways of doing things. One is shirt, you can use it. There’s also another creative way — bra and panty. Diapers are open so it can also be used. If you look at diapers, there are dry ones. You can dampen it so you won’t get suffocated,” Health Assistant Secretary Ma. Francia Laxaman earlier said.

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Duque, however, discouraged using the material. He said it was only one of the health official’s opinion and not the Department of Health’s recommendation.

In the past days, donations of N95 face masks from Asian countries poured in evacuation sites in Batangas in a bid to help erase the shortage of N95 masks supply.