COVID-19: Latest Updates from World Health Organization

by Mathew Ealoor


COVID-19: Latest Updates from World Health Organization


On 5th June 2020, WHO has published an updated guidance on the use of masks, for control of COVID-19.

Here are the latest updates:

In areas with widespread transmission, WHO advised medical masks for all people working in clinical areas of a health facility, not only workers dealing with patients with COVID-19.

Second, in areas with community transmission, WHO advises that people aged 60 years or over or those with underlying conditions, should wear a medical mask in situations where physical distancing is not possible.

Third, WHO has also updated its guidance on the use of masks by the general public in areas with community transmission.

In the 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, such as on public transport, in shops, or in other confined or crowded environments.

The updated guidance of WHO also includes new information on the fabric masks. It advises, that fabric masks should consist of at least three layers of different material. It emphasis that masks are not replacement for physical distancing, hand hygiene and other public health measure.