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COVID-19: WHO updates guidance on use of face masks

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The World Health Organization WHO has updated its guidance on the use of face masks for the control of COVID-19, while this guidance is based on evolving evidence and providing update on who should wear a mask.

The Director General of the world body WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus disclosed this at the Press Briefing made on video recently, he said in area with widespread transmission, WHO advises medical for all people working in clinical area of health facilities not only workers dealing with Covid-19 patients.

He added that in area with community transmission, WHO advises people aged more than 60 years or those with underlying conditions should wear a medical mask in situation where physical distancing is not possible.

Also, he said WHO has updated it’s guidance on the use of masks by the general public in areas with community transmission. ” In light of evolving evidence, WHO advises that governments should encourage the general public to wear masks where there’s widespread transmission and physical distancing is difficult such as on public transport, in shops or in other confined or crowded environments.

“Our updated guidance contains new information on the composition of fibre masks based on academic research requested by WHO. On this new research, WHO advises fibre masks should consist of atleast three layers of different materials. Masks are not replacement for physical distancing, hand hygiene and other physical health measures.

“WHO will continue to provide the world with advice base on the most up to date evidence as part of our commitment to serving the world with science, solutions and solidarity”, he said.

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