Masks do not protect you from Coronavirus infection, says WHO (Updated)

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised that masks do not offer protection against COVID-19.

The organization advised against people who do not have the coronavirus symptoms wearing the masks. They say that masks do not offer protection against Covid-19.

WHO further warned that improper use of masks can be a source of infections.

The health agency tells people who do not have the virus should not wear a mask. They are to use masks in specific cases.

“If you have a cough, fever, and difficulty breathing, you should wear a mask and seek medical care. 

“If you don’t have these symptoms, you don’t have to wear a mask. Because there is no evidence that they protect people who are not sick.

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“However, if you are healthy but you are taking care of a person who may be infected with the new coronavirus, then you should wear a mask whenever you are in the same room with that person.

“And remember if you choose to wear a mask, use it and discard it properly and clean your hands with alcohol hand run or soap and water,” said Christine Francis, WHO’s consultant, infection prevention and control.

They further noted that masks are effective when used coupled with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water.

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“Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.

“Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

“Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.

“To remove the mask, remove it from behind, do not touch the front of the mask, discard immediately in a closed bin.

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“Clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water,” said Dr. April Baller, the head of WHO’s clinical management and infection control and prevention teams.

Although governments are making the use of masks compulsory for both the healthy and unhealthy.

Some countries like South Africa and Nigeria have adopted the use of cloth face masks rather than those made for lab purposes.

The World Health Organization further called on governments and industries to increase the production of surgical masks and protective gear by 40%. This is to help meet the rising global demand.

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