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WHO: mass wearing masks does not save from coronavirus and may even harm

The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to insist on its recommendation not to wear masks unless you are sick or care for a patient COVID-19, writes CNN.

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On Monday, March 30, representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that they continue to recommend that people do not wear masks if they are not sick with Covid-19 or are not caring for the patient.

“There is no concrete evidence that mass wearing of masks by the population has any potential benefit. In fact, there is some evidence to the contrary. Improper use of the mask or improper fit on the face can do harm, ”said Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, at a media briefing in Geneva, Switzerland.

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“There is also the problem that we have a huge global shortage,” Ryan said of masks and other medical supplies. - Currently, the people most at risk of contracting this virus are health workers who are exposed to the virus every second of every day. The idea that they don’t have masks is terrible. ”

Dr. Maria Van Kerchove, an epidemiologist for infectious diseases at WHO, also said at a briefing that “masks are a priority for those who need it most,” referring to health workers.

“Among the population, we do not recommend using masks if you yourself are not sick. The mask should be used as a measure to prevent the further spread of the infection from you if you become ill, ”Van Kerchove said.

“We recommend using masks for sick people and those who care for sick people at home,” she said.

Representatives of the World Health Organization have warned that there is a “significant shortage” of medical supplies around the world, including personal protective equipment and masks for doctors.

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“We need to clarify the situation,” said Van Kerchow. “The world is facing a significant lack of personal protective equipment for our advanced workers, including masks, gloves, gowns and face shields, and the protection of our healthcare workers should be a top priority when using these products.”

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