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New guidance on face masks from World Health Organization

On the 5th June 2020 The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced a new guide concerning face masks, saying they should be worn at all times when in public where social distancing is not possible to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

The global organisation said that new research showed that face masks effectively provide a barrier for potentially infectious droplets. While previous announcements suggested the use of masks only to people with coronavirus symptoms and the ones caring for them, the new advice is extended to all. The guidance comes after new research findings, pointing out that people can be highly infectious just a few days before showing symptoms and that some people are asymptomatic, possibly spreading the virus without knowing.

Examples of where the general public should be encouraged to use medical and non-medical masks in areas with known or suspected community transmission.

Information referenced from The World Health Organization (WHO), Interim Guidance June 5th 2020 ‘Advice on the use of masks in the context of COVID-19’ page 7.

Situations/settings Population Purpose of mask use Type of mask to consider wearing if recommended locally
Areas with known or suspected widespread transmission and limited or no capacity to implement other containment measures such as physical distancing, etc. General population in public settings, such as grocery stores (supermarkets), at work, social gatherings, mass gatherings, closed settings, including schools, churches, mosques, etc. Potential benefit for source control Non-medical mask
Settings where a physical distancing cannot be achieved (close contact) General public on transportation (e.g., on a bus, plane, trains) Specific working conditions which places the employee in close contact or potential close contact with others e.g., social workers, cashiers, servers Potential benefit for source control Non-medical mask
Settings where physical distancing cannot be achieved and increased risk of infection and/or negative outcomes Vulnerable populations:
  • People aged ≥60 years
  • People with underlying comorbidities, such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes mellitus, chronic lung disease, cancer, cerebrovascular disease, immunosuppression
  • Protection Medical mask
    Any setting in the community* Persons with any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 Source control Medical mask

    *This applies to any transmission scenario

    The WHO advises the general public to wear face masks where social distancing is difficult and where there is a high chance of transmission, such as on public transport, shops and other crowded spaces.

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