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Is wearing face masks effective against coronavirus?


As seen in many photos from China and Asia, many ordinary people have been wearing masks when outdoors to prevent catching the coronavirus. In the case of the photo – some people are getting creative due to mask shortages in specific Asian countries. Is wearing face masks effective against coronavirus?  Most people do not know when masks are effective, when they are a waste, and how to manage if you need a mask to prevent illness.

Basic rules of mask-wearing for Novel Coronavirus from the World Health Organization:

  • People with suspected Novel Coronavirus should wear a medical-grade mask if possible and have as much fresh air as possible.
  • Disposable masks – must only be worn once. Many people are re-wearing their masks to save money or because of shortages.
  • Masks have not been shown to be effective in open, public spaces. Illnesses traveling through the air are “diluted” by fresh air and open spaces especially if maintaining the recommended distance from sick people (1 meter).
  • The humidity of people breathing in masks can cause the fibers in the masks to break down reducing the quality of the effectiveness of the mask. Masks that are moist must be disposed of.
  • While in use, do not touch the mask!
  • Cloth masks are not recommended. Ever.
  • Masks should seal well around the face, minimizing gaps to be effective.
  • ALL masks must be removed by untying from the back. NEVER pull a mask off from the front.  If you do by accident – sanitize your hands immediately.
  • Dispose of single-use masks immediately after safely removing them!
  • N-95 masks are medical-grade masks and are effective and highly recommended for health care providers (or primary caregivers for patients at home) treating potentially (or actually) ill patients. But there are some issues:
    • They have to be fitted to the person
    • They are expensive

The World's Health Organization has suggested quarantining anyone who has been exposed to the virus, to contain the virus and now allow it to spread to others.  In early February, Japan quarantined a cruise ship carrying over 3,700 people after 10 infections were found. The ship will be in quarantine for at least 3 weeks.

The good news is that vaccines for Novel Coronavirus are already in development.  As more research develops, EMA Care recommends the following guidelines while traveling:

  • Cleanliness is key – it is so important to wash your hand regularly, especially before eating and after sneezing or coughing. Washing your hands can prevent many diseases from spreading to you and others.
  • Sanitizing with alcohol gel - is effective if your hands are not visibly soiled. We recommend 70% alcohol concentration gels.
  • Hydrate – in general, is it always important to hydrate. But it is especially important to hydrate if you are feeling under the weather or sick. Being dehydrated makes you more susceptible to getting sick.
  • Masks – If traveling in public open spaces, masks are not needed, although in some southeast Asian countries, it is culturally appropriate. Follow out mask guidelines to keep smart and keep safe. N95 masks should be worn to
  • Use our app – OneTapCare app is available and uses telemedicine technology to help people access health care internationally and help get them the medical attention that they need!

Here at EMA Care, we hope you feel more comfortable traveling to Israel, and we hope you have a healthy winter!!

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What Our Clients Say

Truly amazing

My son went to Israel for a year requiring infusion every 6-8 weeks. It was very stressful at times to coordinate getting his meds sent to Israel, scheduling appointments, and having to worry about him going on his own. Then a friend told me about EMA Care. EMA Care was truly amazing.

You can speak to an American who understands your concerns and will walk you through the entire process, from dealing with insurance to making appointments, and even getting someone to escort your


Sensitive and timely help

I would like to recommend Eliana (EMA care) for her sensitive and timely help for clients who are having difficulty navigating the health care system Israel, specifically for Anglos, whether new olim or those of us who been here for many years.

The obstacles of interfacing with the health care system here is daunting, especially at a time when one is going through an acute or chronic condition that is protracted and complicated. Often one doesn’t know whom to turn to or where to go,


Meticulous in their preparations

During our recent visit to Israel, we really struggled to find food for our son who has anaphylactic level allergies to egg and sesame. We approached both restaurants and hotels and were told they were unable or unwilling to take responsibility for preparing his food.

 After learning about Dr. Eliana on-line, we contacted her in the


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We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing gift you have given us over this Pesach- the gift of having you with us!!!!

We have NEVER felt more comfortable, calm, and at ease than we did these past 10 days. Your warmth, professionalism, kindness, and care shown through in all that you did.

My children are so grateful that they were able to be with you this Pesach. You made sure that they were so well looked after and they felt so at ease and


Knowledgeable, thorough, and caring

When our son was injured in a car accident during his yeshiva year in Israel, he had to start navigating the medical system on his own. But once we contacted Dr. Eliana Aaron at EMA Care (www.HealthCareIsrael.com), she immediately flew into action. Dr. Aaron accompanied our son in the ER and made sure he and we knew at every step exactly what was done and what needed to be done, especially important for someone who suffered a concussion and


Skilled and professional

I write to express my hakarat hatov (positive recognition) and my gratitude to the two health professionals from EMA Care that have been from the start professionally involved and continue to be interested in my care and long-term recovery.

After a serious fracture, I was hospitalized in the north, and my insurance company recommended EMA Care services to help me. After a surgeon was pressuring me to sign consent for surgery, I realized that I needed to remain


My Father is so Happy

It sounds like my dad has decided to hire you and I'm thrilled.
He actually seems much calmer than he has been in a long time and he is very happy with what the EMA Care staff has done so far.
You provide an amazing service and I feel very fortunate to have you on board.

G.K.  Jerusalem


“Ema Extraordinaire”

“EMA” Care is so fitting a name for Dr. Eliana Aaron’s exceptional gap year concierge health care service. Dr. Aaron is not only an incredible health care professional; she is also an “Ema Extraordinaire” in every sense of the word. My child had a range of medical needs while abroad, some anticipated and others not, and she was there for him (and me) – even in the middle of the night, -- always calm, reassuring, thinking out of the box, getting him to the appropriate medical professionals


Very Helpful

Thank you and may Hashem bless you for the work you do. My son Jacob said your allergy card has been very helpful. I am so grateful- beyond words.
Yasher koach



Delicious and Safe

Thank you for delivering our allergy free baked goods to our hotel.  We just tasted the focaccia and it was delicious.

All the best,


New Jersey


EMA Care in the News

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