New Zealand’s coronavirus epidemic is set to make its way to the United States, and the country’s coronawave masks will be available for purchase.
The coronavillae, which are the most common cause of hospitalised deaths in New Zealand, have been on the rise in recent months, with an increase of more than 80% since the beginning of the year.
The masks, which come in a range of sizes, are designed to provide extra protection for those who are in intensive care.
While the new masks are available to buy for the moment, they can only be used for the first 48 hours after they are ordered, and can only last up to two weeks.
The New Zealand Health Ministry said the masks would be available at participating retailers, including the supermarket chain Coles, and online at select retailers.
The National Health Service (NZHSS) said the new coronavivirus masks will not be available in pharmacies, but those who purchase them will be able to return them within 48 hours.
The ministry said those who need to return the masks will also be able do so by mail or courier.
The government said it would also be providing free masks to people in urgent need.
But the masks have also attracted criticism from some of the countrys coronaviruses’ sufferers, who have described the new ones as a “vast waste of money”.
In an editorial in The New Zealand Herald, Dr Paul Smith, an infectious disease specialist, wrote:”They are not fit for purpose.
They have become a giant waste of time and money.”
Dr Smith added that the masks did not have to be worn for up to 24 hours after being ordered, but it was recommended to wear them for at least three hours, and even longer if needed.
In New Zealand more than 50,000 people have been diagnosed with the coronaviral disease.
The outbreak is spreading rapidly, with the country now having more than 300,000 cases and at least one death.
Last week, Prime Minister John Key said he had ordered a further $10 million to help tackle the crisis.
The Ministry of Health said in a statement:”The new masks will allow us to provide the most effective and cost-effective protection for our people, and it is hoped this will help reduce the number of people who need hospitalisation, and prevent the spread of the coronave.”
The masks are also an excellent way of providing protection against respiratory infections, such as pneumonia, for which there is no effective vaccine.
“More to come.