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Wearing masks or not: WHO and CDC cannot come to a consensus

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that healthy people, including those who do not have COVID-19 symptoms, wear masks only if they care for someone infected with coronavirus. This contrasts sharply with the recommendations of US officials recommending everyone wear masks outside the home. Writes about it Fox News.

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“If you do not have respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, or a runny nose, you don’t need to wear a mask,” says Dr. April Buller, a public health specialist at WHO. “Masks should only be used by healthcare providers, caregivers, or people who are sick.”

WHO recommendations differ from those of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which strongly recommend that absolutely everyone wear a protective mask in public places, whether or not they are infected, to limit the spread of the virus.

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“Now, from recent studies, it has become known that a significant proportion of people infected with coronavirus do not have characteristic symptoms. And at this stage, the virus is able to be transmitted to others, the CDC said. “Therefore, we recommend wearing masks in public places where it is difficult to maintain social distance measures.”

Balller noted that masks can give people a “false sense of protection,” and patients should wear them to prevent transmission of the virus to others.

How to make a face mask with your own hands

In the era of coronavirus, it is difficult to obtain disposable medical masks, so residents of countries affected by the pandemic have adapted to use reusable or do-it-yourself disposable ones. No mask can reliably protect against the virus in direct contact with the patient (only special respirators are capable of this), but will help reduce the spread of the virus if you yourself are infected. Here's how to make a mask yourself.

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A team of researchers checked how different tissues can filter and trap extremely fine particles. They found that hybrid tissues filter most particles.

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