The world health organization updated its recommendations for use of masks in the fight against coronavirus infection. This was at the briefing on 5 June said the Director General of the who tedros adhanom Ghebreyesus. The transcript of his speech published on the who website.
“I would like to emphasize that the guidance [on the use of masks] that we published today is an update of what we have been saying for many months: the mask should only be used as part of a comprehensive strategy in the fight against COVID-19. The mask alone will not protect you from COVID-19”, – stressed Ghebreyesus.
According to him, now the who recommends to wear masks all the doctors, and not just working with patients infected with the coronavirus. “This means, for example, that when the doctor conducts a bypass of cardiology or palliative care, where there are no confirmed patients with COVID-19, he still needs to wear a medical mask,” said the CEO of the organization.
Also the who recommends wearing masks to all people over the age of 60 and those who suffer from underlying medical conditions, “in situations where physical distancing is impossible.”
“In light of new evidence, the who recommends governments to encourage people to wear masks where there is widespread transmission [of mers], and physical distancing is difficult, for example, in public transport, in shops or other confined or crowded areas,” added Ghebreyesus.
He stressed that the mask “may create a false sense of security, causing people to ignore such measures as hand hygiene and physical distancing”.
Flash coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in late 2019 in China. March 11, 2020, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the total number of infected people in the world exceeded of 6.69 million, of which more than 2.9 million recovered, 393 thousand died.
At the beginning of the pandemic, who opposed universal mask mode, stressing that protection should only use people with symptoms of ARI, the doctors working with coronavirus patients and those who care for sick relatives.