World Health Organization recommends wider use of face masks to curb COVID-19

There is a range of views on exactly who should wear face masks during the Covid-19 pandemic

There is a range of views on exactly who should wear face masks during the Covid-19 pandemic

"In light of evolving evidence, World Health Organization advises that governments should encourage the general public to wear masks where there is widespread transmission and physical distancing is hard, such as on public transport, in shops, or in other confined or crowded environments".

The World Health Organization (WHO) has changed its advice on face masks, saying they should be worn in public to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

On Thursday, UK ministers announced it would be mandatory to wear face coverings on public transport from 15 June, but these coverings can be simply T-shirts or scarves.

The WHO has been reluctant to commit to recommending face coverings, firstly because the evidence on whether they offer any protection to the public is limited and - more importantly - because it was afraid it would lead to shortages of medical-grade masks for health workers.

Non-medical masks could protect someone who is infectious with Covid-19 from spreading it to others, but they were not proven to be effective in protecting the person wearing them from becoming infected by others, the ministry said.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said people over age 60 or with underlying medical conditions also should wear masks in situations where social distancing can not be maintained. For some people, wearing a mask also seems to translate in their mind into feeling protected enough that they don't need to take other steps, though masks are supposed to be one part of a regimen that includes social distancing and frequent hand-washing. Masks are only a part of a comprehensive approach in the fight against COVID-19. They stressed that masks alone will not protect you from COVID-19 and it shouldn't be seen as a replacement for physical distancing.

Anecdotally, though, I'm a little anxious. Well, it's been around this long, and I haven't gotten the virus yet - I'll probably be ok, seems to be the easy thought pattern to fall into.

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Which is why, perhaps, the WHO's new guidance can't come too soon.

"In the light of evolving evidence, World Health Organization advises that governments should encourage the general public to wear masks where there is widespread transmission and physical distancing is hard, such as on public transport, in shops or other confined or crowded environments", he said.

The WHO also issued new guidance on the composition of non-medical fabric masks for the general public, advising that they should consist of at least three layers of different material.

"We have new research findings". "We have evidence now that if this is done properly it can provide a barrier. for potentially infectious droplets".

The World Health Organisation on Friday backed the use of fabric facemasks in places where the new coronavirus is widespread and physical distancing is hard, in a change of advice.

Andy is a reporter in Memphis who also contributes to outlets like Fast Company and The Guardian.

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