The World Health Organization Issues New Guidelines for Facemasks

The World Health Organization Issues New Guidelines for Facemasks

Wearing a facemask represents one of the best weapons humanity has against the terrible COVID-19 disease that infects hundreds of thousands of people every day across the globe. But even so, there’s no such thing as one hundred percent assurance that infection won’t occur. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently issued new guidelines that should make facemasks more efficient.

Besides wearing a facemask, the other two basic weapons for fighting the ongoing pandemic are social distancing and frequently washing our hands.

Wearing facemasks at all times is a great idea

If you live in areas where the COVID-19 disease is spreading aggressively, WHO advises you to wear a facemask all the time. The new guidelines of the organization say that while you’re entering stores, workplaces and schools that have low ventilation, you should definitely be wearing a mask. Another situation when you should have your face protected is when you cannot keep a physical distance of a minimum of three feet from others while you’re all in an enclosed area.

The WHO was crystal clear:

If indoors, unless ventilation has been assessed to be adequate, WHO advises that the general public should wear a non-medical mask, regardless of whether physical distancing of at least 1 metre can be maintained,

Even if you’re outdoors, the WHO says that you should still rely on face coverings if maintaining an efficient social distancing is not possible. The new guidelines also say that children over the age of twelve years old should also be wearing masks.

Are you a health worker? If so, WHO says that you should be counting on N95 masks to protect you and others from the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

According to, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause a lot of havoc across the world. Almost 1.5 million people died because of the new coronavirus, and thousands are added every single day.





Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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