Health Coronavirus: World Health Organisation reverses course, now supports wearing face masks in public

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    The World Health Organisation says it supports government initiatives that require or encourage the public wearing of masks, marking a major shift from previous advice amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The WHO added that surgical masks should be reserved for medical professionals, while the public should use mainly cloth or home-made face coverings.

    The updated stance comes as more scientific research points to the positive effect of wearing masks in preventing the spread of the coronavirus, with more governments in Europe requiring people to cover their noses and mouths in public.

    “We can certainly see circumstances on which the use of masks, both home-made and cloth masks, at the community level may help with an overall comprehensive response to this disease,” Dr Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies programme, said on Friday.

    Read more here. (South China Morning Post)

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