WHO CHANGES GUIDELINES ON MASKS, SAYS WEAR THEM WHEN SOCIAL DISTANCING NOT POSSIBLE



WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the changes in a media briefing. “In areas with community transmission, people aged 60 years or over or those with underlying conditions, should wear a medical mask in situations where physical distancing is not possible,” Tedros said.


What has changed


The WHO had earlier taken a more conservative stance on the effectiveness of face masks in arresting the spread of the infection. “There is limited evidence that wearing a medical mask by healthy individuals in the households or among contacts of a sick patient, or among attendees of mass gatherings may be beneficial as a preventive measure,” the guidelines from 6 April stated.

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