WHO stressed that face masks were just one of a range of tools that could be used to reduce the risk of transmission – and that they should not give people a false sense of protection.
“Masks on their own will not protect you from Covid-19,” Dr Tedros said.
The following people should NOT wear a face mask, according to the CDC:
Anyone who has trouble breathing.
Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or can’t remove a face mask without help.
WHO continues to recommend that people who are sick with symptoms of COVID-19 should remain at home, and should consult their health care provider.
People confirmed to have COVID-19 should be isolated and cared for in a health facility and their contacts should be quarantined.
If it is absolutely necessary for a sick person or a contact to leave the house, they should wear a medical mask.
WHO continues to advise that people caring for an infected person at home should wear a medical mask while they are in the same room as the sick person.
And WHO continues to advise that health workers use medical masks and other protective equipment when dealing with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients.
Here is what’s new:
In areas with widespread transmission, WHO advises medical masks for all people working in clinical areas of a health facility, not only workers dealing with patients with COVID-19.
That means, for example, that when a doctor is doing a ward round on the cardiology or palliative care units where there are no confirmed COVID-19 patients, they should still wear a medical mask.
Second, in areas with community transmission, we advise that people aged 60 years or over, or those with underlying conditions, should wear a medical mask in situations where physical distancing is not possible.
Third, WHO has also updated its guidance on the use of masks by the general public in areas with community transmission.
General measures to protect you from this virus include:
Wash hands with soap and water x 20 seconds before eating, after cough/sneezing or bathroom visits.
Social distancing maneuvers include keeping spacing >6 feet from other people.
Masks are not necessary except in areas of known risk.
Don’t touch the face, eyes, etc.
Disinfect frequently touched household objects.Do not laugh at those who do not understand this virus goes straight through masks and can enter through eyes, ears or any other orifice. These people have been told to be afraid, be very afraid… and they do not understand the science behind viruses. We must work together. Mandating masking is flat dangerous and may exacerbate this problem.