WHO Reiterates Call Not to Wear Face Masks If You Are Not Sick

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WHO Reiterates Call Not to Wear Face Masks If You Are Not Sick

The World Health Organization officials on Monday reiterated call for people not to wear face masks unless they are infected with coronavirus or they are staying with someone who is sick.

"There is no specific evidence to suggest that the wearing of masks by the mass population has any potential benefit. In fact, there's some evidence to suggest the opposite in the misuse of wearing a mask properly or fitting it properly," Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO health emergencies program, said at a media briefing in Switzerland' Geneva.

"There also is the issue that we have a massive global shortage," Ryan said regarding masks and other medical supplies.

"Right now the people most at risk from this virus are frontline health workers who are exposed to the virus every second of every day. The thought of them not having masks is horrific."

For her part, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, an infectious disease epidemiologist with the WHO stressed the importance of prioritizing the use of masks for people who need it most.

"In the community, we do not recommend the use of wearing masks unless you yourself are sick and as a measure to prevent onward spread from you if you are ill," she added.

"The masks that we recommend are for people who are at home and who are sick and for those individuals who are caring for those people who are home that are sick," she said.

Source: Kataeb.org