It says that the masks do not offer protection against the virus, adding that it could instead cause infection.
While update the public on the virus that has claimed the lives of many, WHO warned that healthy people should not wear masks.
Its statement reads:
“If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you’re taking care of a person with suspected 2019-nCoV infection.
Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing. Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
If you wear a mask then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly.
Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.
To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask), discard
immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.”
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