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
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.)