WHO issues updated guidelines on the use of masks to control
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The World Health Organization is broadening its recommendations for the use of masks during the coronavirus pandemic.

WHO previously had recommended that only health care workers, people with COVID-19 and their caregivers wear medical masks, noting a global shortage of supplies.

Here's what's new:

• WHO also widened its mask guidance to specify that health workers in areas where the virus is spreading freely should always wear masks inside medical facilities.

• Doctors working in cardiology or other wards, for example, should wear medical masks even if the facilities had no known coronavirus patients

• People aged 60 years or over, or those with underlying conditions, should wear a medical mask in situations where physical distancing is not possible.

• WHO is now advising that in areas where the virus is spreading, people should wear fabric masks when social distancing is not possible, such as on public transportation and in shops.

• Fabric masks should consist of at least three layers of a different material.

• During a press briefing discussing the revised guidance, WHO added that “masks on their own will not protect you from COVID-19” and emphasized the importance of hand-washing, social distancing, and other infection-prevention strategies.

Note: This is a brief compilation of guidelines released by WHO. The complete guideline is attached as pdf.

Source: https://www.who.int/dg/speeches/detail/who-director-general-s-opening-remarks-at-the-media-briefing-on-covid-19---5-june-2020
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Indeed a necessary announcement. This is the acceptance of the "New Normal". However, this announcement has come simply too late. One can only wonder with sadness if these policies had been implemented 3 months ago,atleast 20\% less cases than current number would have been prevented.
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