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World Health Organization updates face-mask guidelines

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has updated its guidelines on wearing masks in public to help limit the spread of coronavirus.

Speaking during a virtual briefing on Friday afternoon, WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said governments should encourage people to wear masks in shops, on public transport, and in areas where social distancing is not possible.

He said people aged 60 and over, or those with underlying health issues, should wear medical masks in situations where social distancing was not possible.

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But he added: “Masks alone will not protect you from Covid-19; they are not a replacement for hand hygiene and social distancing.”

The WHO previously stressed there was no evidence that wearing a mask – whether medical or other types – by healthy people in the wider community could prevent them from infection with respiratory viruses.

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