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WHO revised mask recommendations: what has changed


Source: News

The World Health Organization (WHO) has amended its recommendations regarding the use of medical masks, write "News" with reference to The Guardian.

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The new manual on the use of personal protective equipment was presented at a briefing by the director general of the organization, Tedros Adhan Gebreisus.

In accordance with WHO recommendations, people should wear masks not only on buses and trains, but also where physical distance is difficult - in grocery stores, at work, at public events, and indoors, including schools and churches.

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In regions with an unfavorable epidemiological situation, WHO recommends the use of masks for people with chronic diseases and over the age of 60.

Also, all medical workers should wear a mask, regardless of whether they deal directly with patients with COVID-19 or not. Moreover, for effective protection against the virus, the mask should be at least three-layered.

Until now, the organization’s experts have recommended wearing masks only to COVID-19 patients because of the limited evidence that they provide protection. There were also fears that the hype surrounding individual funds would lead to a shortage among medical professionals.

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It is noted that masks cannot replace the effect of safe distance and hand hygiene.

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