WHO tightens standards on mask-wearing in COVID-19 areas

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Reuters Published at: December 2, 2020 Upgraded at: December 2, 2020 20: 10 Individuals residing in areas with where COVID-19 is spreading should always use masks in shops, work environments and schools that lack adequate ventilation, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated on Wednesday. If they can not preserve physical distancing of at least one […]

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Published at: December 2, 2020

Upgraded at: December 2, 2020 20: 10

Individuals residing in areas with where COVID-19 is spreading should always use masks in shops, work environments and schools that lack adequate ventilation, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated on Wednesday.

If they can not preserve physical distancing of at least one meter (3 feet), people in those indoor areas – including children and trainees aged 12 or over – ought to likewise use a mask even if the areas are well aerated, it said in a tightening of its standards.

They need to also use masks outdoors if physical distancing can not be preserved, it stated.

WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said the suggestions were among the biggest changes to its guidance on mask-wearing, and updated advice from June.

” If inside, unless ventilation has actually been examined to be adequate, WHO recommends that the public ought to wear a non-medical mask, regardless of whether physical distancing of a minimum of 1 metre can be maintained,” the WHO stated. It likewise recommended “universal masking” in all health care centers including in common areas such as cafeterias and staff rooms.

Health workers might wear N95 masks if offered when looking after COVID-19 clients, but the only tested protection is when they are doing aerosol-generating treatments, the WHO stated.


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