A tool for protection or an instrument for the transmission of COVID-19 in Nigeria?
Keywords:COVID-19, pandemic, infection prevention, facemasks, education
The COVID-19 pandemic has destabilised the normal affairs of the world as countries have experienced millions of infections and thousands of deaths. This has led countries including Nigeria to adopt preventive measures such as the use of facemasks, hand washing, and hand sanitizer to help curb the spread of the virus. However, the use of facemasks as a preventive measure may aid in the spread of the virus if misused. This study was aimed at exploring some concerns about the use of facemasks in Nigeria as a coronavirus preventive measure. Thematic analysis of cases using narratives of events showing abuse and misuse of facemasks by Nigerians revealed how the use of facemasks can aid transmission of the virus because of indiscriminate transfer of the masks and indiscretions involved in the channel of distribution, from production to purchasing by consumers. The study highlighted the role of social workers in educating the public using diverse media options on the appropriated use of the mask and dangers of the abuse and misuse. This will aid in combating some of the false information arising during this pandemic.