The World Health Organization (WHO) has given new advice on wearing a mask. The agency says masks should be worn where the virus is widespread and social distance is not possible.
The issue of wearing a mask has been widely discussed around the world since the first outbreak of the coronavirus in China last December.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanam Gabriasis said in a new study on Friday that governments around the world should encourage people to wear masks in areas that are widely dispersed and where social distance is not possible.
However, the WHO insists that masks alone are not enough to protect from COVID-19 and that it is important to stop going out if possible.
The WHO has advised patients with Covid-19 symptoms to stay at home, saying they must wear a medical mask if they need to go out in an emergency.
In addition, the person who will take care of the infected person at home will also have to wear a medical mask. Health workers need to wear medical masks as well as protective equipment.
WHO recommends layered non-medical masks made of cloth for the general public. The first layer is a cotton cloth, the second layer is non-oven polypropylene that will act as a filter, and the last layer is waterproof polyester cloth on the outside.
However, citing that wearing a mask is only one way to get rid of the virus, Tedders said it is not a alturnative to physical distance or hand washing.
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