GENEVA: The World Well being Organisation (WHO) Friday modified its recommendation on face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying they need to be worn in locations the place the virus is widespread and bodily distancing is troublesome.
The usage of masks has been a scorching subject ever because the pandemic first emerged in China in December.
“In gentle of evolving proof, WHO advises that governments ought to encourage most of the people to put on masks the place there’s widespread transmission and bodily distancing is troublesome,” mentioned WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
In areas with community-level virus transmission, “we advise that folks aged 60 years or over, or these with underlying situations, ought to put on a medical masks in conditions the place bodily distancing just isn’t potential”, he added.
However the UN well being company careworn that facemasks alone “is not going to shield you from Covid-19” — and other people struggling with the virus shouldn’t be out in public if they’ll keep away from it.
The WHO maintained its suggestion that people who find themselves sick with Covid-19 signs ought to keep at residence and whether it is completely mandatory for them or their contacts to go away residence, they need to put on a medical masks.
As earlier than, these caring for an contaminated individual at residence ought to put on a medical masks when in the identical room; and well being staff ought to put on medical masks plus protecting tools when coping with suspected or confirmed Covid-19 sufferers.
However in an replace affecting healthcare staff, the WHO now recommends that in areas with widespread virus transmission, all folks working in medical sections of a well being facility ought to put on medical masks — not simply these coping with sufferers with Covid-19.
The WHO additionally issued new steerage on the composition of non-medical cloth masks for most of the people, advising that they need to encompass not less than three layers of various materials.
The internal layer needs to be fabricated from a water-absorbent materials corresponding to cotton, the center layer — which acts as a filter — from a cloth like non-woven polypropylene, whereas the outer layer needs to be a waterproof materials corresponding to polyester.
The WHO’s emergencies director Michael Ryan careworn that placing on a material masks is primarily about stopping the wearer from presumably infecting others, fairly than self-protection.
And Tedros careworn that masks have been just one a part of an efficient technique to suppress the virus — and shouldn’t lure folks right into a false sense of safety. He mentioned they weren’t a alternative for bodily distancing and hand hygiene. — AFP