WHO recommends risk assessment before deciding on widespread use of masks

in News · 09-04-2020 01:00:00 · 4 Comments

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised countries that decide to generalise the use of masks to assess the risks, stressing that it should always be complementary to other preventive measures against the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a guiding document, the WHO considers that “the widespread use of masks by healthy people in community settings is not supported by current scientific evidence and entails uncertainties and critical risks”.
In addition, the organisation stresses that “the use of a mask alone is insufficient to guarantee an adequate level of protection and other measures must be adopted”, indicating frequent hand washing and social distancing.
In making decisions about the use of masks by the non-infected population, countries should consider factors such as the population density of communities - if it is possible to maintain social distance - and the risk of rapid contagion, as seen in closed environments, slums or camps like those that house refugees.
The availability and price of the masks are other factors to take into account, defends the WHO, who recommends that any decision should be well justified before the populations and that “clear instructions be given on which masks to use, when, where and the importance of continuing to strictly follow measures such as hand hygiene and physical distance ”.
The Director-General of WHO, Tedros Ghebreyesus, admitted the widespread use of masks in communities where it is not possible to ensure physical distance because of housing conditions or proper hand washing due to lack of access to water.
However, the WHO’s guideline remains that surgical masks should be reserved for healthcare professionals and reiterates that their widespread use can led to “creating a false sense of security, neglecting other essential measures” and can lead people to “Touch the face under the masks”, leading to unnecessary costs and the lack of masks for health professionals.


Well, the WHO is critical about the widespread use of masks. As you probably know most masks are made in China. So, this advice of the WHO is not in the interest of China.
You comment sounds as if comes from Donald Trump, who has done almost every thing wrong with the handling of this crisis. Imagine how many lives would have been saved in the US if he had not downplayed it for so long

By Henk from Lisbon on 10-04-2020 10:02

In response to Joe and Marc J. Minus 6 - cite your sources for your ridiculous claims.

By Annabelle Reid from UK on 10-04-2020 07:33

The World Health Organization is a corrupt puppet of the Chinese Communist party. Look no further than its leader, the non-physician Dr. Tedros Adhanom, a communist, who is a sad lackey for the communist party of Red China.
WHO attempted to persuade nations to keep their borders open at the beginning of this pandemic and well after the Covid-19 virus had already traveled all around the planet. The nations who closed their borders the fastest are the nations that will benefit from their prudent actions.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom needs to resign now. Today. He has absolutely zero credibility and is a danger to humanity.
Keep safe Portugal. Stay well.

By Marc J. Moniz from USA on 09-04-2020 05:48

The Who propaganda machine of communist China

By Joe from Other on 09-04-2020 01:30
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