People Should Wear Masks if Unable to Social Distance: WHO

MONDAY, June 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- People who live in areas where the new coronavirus is spreading should wear fabric masks when they're shopping or on public transit and can't social distance, the World Health Organization says in updated recommendations.

People who are older than 60 or have underlying medical conditions also should wear masks in situations where social distancing can't be maintained, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a media briefing, the Associated Press reported.

Previously, the agency recommended that due to a worldwide shortage, medical masks should be worn only by health care workers, people with COVID-19 and their caregivers.

Tedros noted that "masks on their own will not protect you from COVID-19" and stressed the importance of hand-washing, social distancing and other infection prevention measures, the AP reported.

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