Wear Masks that reduce the risk of transmission: WHO

Wear Masks that reduce the risk of transmission: WHO
06 Jun 2020

The question of wearing a mask to protect is always a riddle since the inception of Covid-19. Earlier it was said that the mask will not protect Covid-19. Later it said that mask is essential only for medical people. Recently it said that some kind of mask whether it be medical or not will protect common people from Covid-19. Now WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warns that “Masks on their own will not protect you from Covid-19”.

The World Health Organization (WHO) continuously changing its advice on face masks. WHO, now saying that people should wear quality face masks that could be used to reduce the risk of transmission and that they emphasized further that people should not be given a false sense of protection to stop the spread of Covid-19. The masks should be “a barrier for potentially infectious droplets”, WHO stressed.

The WHO had previously argued there was not enough evidence to say that healthy people should wear masks. Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead expert earlier recommended people wear a “fabric mask – that is, a non-medical mask”. They advised that medical face masks should be worn by people who are sick and those caring for them.

Accordingly, at present common people all over the world are using fabric masks. And now WHO again changed its guidelines on wearing masks. Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove now advising governments to encourage that the general public wears a mask that could reduce the risk of transmission and preferably it will not be a fabric mask.

The people all over the world are totally confused and anxious about Covid-19 in the context that even WHO could not advise them with proper guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus.



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