WHO: Advice on the Use of Masks for COVID-19

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Health Editor’s Note: WHO states that everyone should wear cloth masks in public and those at high risk (immune disorder, cancer treatments, etc.) should wear surgical masks when in crowded conditions or when unable to maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet.  Whether or not masks are worn, continued hand washing, prevention of human to human contact, physical distancing, infection prevention and control should be used. Do not touch your face without first thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water…..Carol

Advice on the use of masks in the context of COVID-19

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The use of masks is part of a comprehensive package of the prevention and control measures that can limit the spread of certain respiratory viral diseases, including COVID-19. Masks can be used either for protection of healthy persons (worn to protect oneself when in contact with an infected individual) or for source control (worn by an infected
individual to prevent onward transmission).

However, the use of a mask alone is insufficient to provide an adequate level of protection or source control, and other personal and community level measures should also be
adopted to suppress transmission of respiratory viruses. Whether or not masks are used, compliance with hand hygiene, physical distancing and other infection prevention
and control (IPC) measures are critical to prevent human-to human transmission of COVID-19.

This document provides information and guidance on the use of masks in health care settings, for the general public, and during home care. The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed specific guidance on IPC strategies for health care settings (2), long-term care facilities (LTCF) (3), and home care (4.)

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Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – one daughter-in-law; Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescue pups.

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  1. djc, I would not say the masks are worthless. For those who are immune compromised they can be a life saver when he or she has to leave his or her house. This has nothing to do with any symbolism.

    • Maybe he means to say that the mask will only stop any person from further spreading the virus but not be enough prevent an infection …… and that’s the N95 Mask …..

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