So the WHO have suddenly decided to recommend wearing masks?
Only months three late.
- ElizabethLv 75 months ago
The WHO guidelines make perfect sense.
Initially the public were advised that they didn't need face masks. This was to ensure adequate supply to heathcare workers.
Most nations introduced lockdowns with a small number of essential services remaining open, like pharmacies and grocery shops. These imposed social distancing and because only a small number of places were open, they were able to increase cleaning routines. People don't need masks if they are predominantly sitting and working from home.
Countries have started to ease the lockdowns and some are reducing the 'social distancing' of 2m or 6 ft. As more people gather and start to occupy indoor areas, testing and tracing capacity has increased, and masks are now a valuable aid to reduce risk of community infection.
The advice the WHO gives is based on what countries are doing. If countries are lifting restrictions and reducing social distancing it is entirely logical that the advice on masks changes!
It's not like the WHO suddenly realised 'doh, masks can reduce the spread of infection' ... we've known that for a very very long time.
- Jas BLv 75 months ago
With any new virus the scientists are starting from scratch, they don't know how it is transmitted, how high the death rate will be, whether if you have had it you have immunity, what drugs will work against it etc. etc. etc.
Well at least they didn't tell people to drink disinfectant, that it was no worse than flu or that it would disappear when the weather warmed up or indeed to take a drug it turns out does no good at all and can increase your risk of dying?
Personally I would rather be told what I should do, after the scientists have done all the research and are telling me verifyable facts, rather than fantasies, misinformation and lies.
- Mr. PLv 75 months ago
The WHO - like surgical masks are not fit for purpose, and should be replaced with something that actually works to protect the population.
But bear in mind that the WHO actually published a statement that the No.1 threat to humanity was overpopulation. Maybe this explains their lack of enthusiasm to protect it.
- Anonymous5 months ago
That corrupt lot are too busy counting their backhanders to think about sensible things. Masks don't protect you it's a farce. They must be overstocked with them and need to make a bit of cash.
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- BrianLv 75 months ago
Home made face masks do very little to protect you from covid-19 or any other virus
Because most people are not used to them, they constantly fiddle with the mask touching their faces.
Proper quality surgical masks can help, but if the general public use those, there will be a shortage in the hospitals
Masks also provide great chances for criminals to hide their identities without raising suspicion
They are not a great idea
- 5 months ago
First they said N-95 masks were dangerous which is a flat-put lie done to conserve the inventory. Then they recommend masks which are generally useless to protect a wearer from a virus.