WHO's New Guidelines: Wear Mask Indoors If Ventilation Is Poor

04 Décembre, 2020, 13:03 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • Masks should also be worn outdoors and in well ventilated indoor spaces where physical distancing of at least one metre could not be maintained

World Health Organization had earlier urged governments to ask everyone to wear masks in indoor and outdoor public areas where there was a risk of transmission of novel coronavirus, Reuters reports. This updated version includes a section on Advice to decision makers on the use of masks for healthy people in community settings. During the second wave, the global medical body has changed in advice.

The World Health Organization updated its guidelines on wearing face masks, recommending that people 12 years and older who are living in areas where COVID-19 is spreading should wear masks in indoor or outdoor settings where physical distancing of at least 3 feet can not be maintained.

If they can not maintain physical distancing of at least one metre, people in those indoor locations - including children and students aged 12 or over - should also wear a mask even if the spaces are well ventilated, it said in a tightening of its guidelines.

Over 63 million people have so far been affected by coronavirus worldwide, while almost 1.

In areas of COVID-19 spread, the organization said healthcare workers should take part in "universal masking" in health care facilities, meaning they should wear an N95 respirator mask throughout their entire shift, including when caring for other patients.

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In its fourth update on mask guidance during the pandemic - the last was in August - the World Health Organization called for wider use in healthcare settings, especially in areas plagued by infection clusters or community transmission.

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The advice applied to visitors, outpatients, and common areas such as cafeterias and staff rooms, but added administrative staff does not need to wear a mask if they are not exposed to patients.

They should also wear masks outdoors if physical distancing can not be maintained, it said.

It recommended that people doing vigorous physical activity not wear masks, citing some associated risks, particularly for people with asthma.

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