Big shift in WHO face covering guidance

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Date Published: June 5, 2020

Source: BBC

The World Health Organization has shifted their guidance on the use of face coverings by the public. For the last few months, the WHO has discouraged the use of masks by the public as it would encourage a false sense of security and take away supplies from frontline healthcare professionals. However, new evidence has emerged on minimizing the risk of transmission and the role of asymptomatic people in the spread of COVID-19. As a result, new recommendations have come out that face coverings should be used where social distancing isn’t possible such as public transport. Furthermore, those at risk, such as people aged over 60 with underlying health conditions, should go even further and wear medical-grade masks.  

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Summary by: Rakshith Gangireddy