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World Health Organization (WHO) Changes Advice on Face Masks

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World Health Organization (WHO) Changes Advice on Face Masks
The World Health Organization (WHO) changed its advice on face masks, saying MASKS SHOULD BE WORN where COVID-19 is widespread.

"In light of evolving evidence, WHO advises that governments should encourage the general public to wear masks where there is widespread transmission and physical distancing is difficult," WHO’s Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday, June 5th. The WHO had previously advised that only people who were ill, or caring for someone who was ill, should wear masks.

Many retailers, transit systems, and municipalities had previously deemed face masks mandatory in public areas.

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The Right Mask for the Task: According to Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

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The Right Mask for the Task: According to Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Surgical masks, homemade masks, and respirators have become symbolic of protection during the COVID-19 crisis. How much protection do these masks and respirators really offer, can they be reused, and what are their limits?

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