- The World Health Organisation has issued new guidelines over the use of face masks
- With the world still battling Covid-19, face masks have been lauded as a protective measure against the virus
- Now, new research has shown that masks are not effective when not used in conjunction with other preventative measures
The World Health Organisation has released the newest information regarding the use of face masks during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The organisation revealed that wearing a mask alone is not enough to effectively safeguard against the virus.
With global infections now sitting at over 6.8 million and fatalities rising to 398 000 while over 3.3 million people have managed to recover.
Speaking during a media briefing in Geneva, Switzerland, WHO director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, explained that masks should be used along with other preventative measures.
These measures include religious hand hygiene and practising social distancing, with Ghebreyesus explaining that:
“In areas with community transmission, we advise that people aged 40 years or over or those with underlying conditions should wear a medical mask in situations where physical distancing is not possible.
Tedros revealed that failing to use masks properly could result in users unintentionally infecting themselves:
People can potentially infect themselves if they use contaminated hands to adjust a mask or to repeatedly take it off and put it on without cleaning hands in between. Masks can also create a false sense of security. Masks are only of benefit as part of a comprehensive approach in the fight against COVID-19.
I cannot say this clearly enough: masks alone will not protect you from Covid-19.”
In an earlier report by Legit.ng, the WHO warned that the increased use of antibiotics in fighting the deadly COVID-19 could ultimately lead to more deaths during the pandemic.
Tedros noted that a number of bacterial infections are becoming resistant to the medicines used to treat them traditionally.
While expressing concern that the unprofessional use of antibiotics during the pandemic would further fuel the trend, the UN health agency said only a small proportion of COVID-19 patients needed the medicine to treat subsequent bacterial infections.
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