The World Health Organization, which has not recommended wearing masks in public places since the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic, eventually changed this idea. In the new guide of the organization, it is recommended to wear a mask if the distance cannot be maintained.
While the scientific research on how the fight against the new deadly coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19), which has spread around the world after its appearance in Wuhan, People’s Republic of China (COVID-19), is continuing, the World Health Organization (WHO) updated its outbreak guide.
Although countries’ health officials urged their citizens to wear masks, WHO has been hesitant to call people to wear masks in public spaces since the beginning of the epidemic, and even listed the negative aspects of wearing masks in their guides, such as blocking communication and creating discomfort.
The World Health Organization has finally changed its mind
In the WHO-modified epidemic prevention guide, it is now recommended to wear a cloth mask in public areas in the areas where the virus has spread, for example in public transport and in stores where social distances cannot be applied. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, also recommended that people over 60 years of age and other illnesses wear masks where social distance rules are not applied.
WHO previously recommended that only healthcare professionals, COVID-19 patients and their caregivers wear masks, and noted a global shortage of masks. According to a study funded by WHO and the results announced this week, it turned out that respirators provide much higher protection for healthcare professionals than surgical masks, just like N95 masks. It was also noted that the face shield and large goggles could provide additional protection.
However, WHO did not change its previous recommendations for healthcare professionals. WHO says that respirators can only be used if healthcare professionals come in contact with virus-bearing aerosols (droplets smaller than 5 microns). Apart from these conditions, it is emphasized that the way the coronavirus is transmitted is larger droplets and contact. On the other hand, WHO states that the mask will not provide protection alone, and hand washing, social distance and other protection measures should be applied.