WHO stands by recommendation to not wear masks if you are not sick or not caring for someone who is sick

World Health Organization officials Monday said they still recommend...

Posted: Mar 30, 2020 4:01 PM
Updated: Mar 31, 2020 12:15 AM

World Health Organization officials Monday said they still recommend people not wear face masks unless they are sick with Covid-19 or caring for someone who is sick.

'There is no specific evidence to suggest that the wearing of masks by the mass population has any potential benefit. In fact, there's some evidence to suggest the opposite in the misuse of wearing a mask properly or fitting it properly,' Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO health emergencies program, said at a media briefing in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday.

'There also is the issue that we have a massive global shortage,' Ryan said about masks and other medical supplies. 'Right now the people most at risk from this virus are frontline health workers who are exposed to the virus every second of every day. The thought of them not having masks is horrific.'

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, an infectious disease epidemiologist with the WHO, also said at Monday's briefing that it is important 'we prioritize the use of masks for those who need it most,' which would be frontline health care workers.

'In the community, we do not recommend the use of wearing masks unless you yourself are sick and as a measure to prevent onward spread from you if you are ill,' Van Kerkhove said.

'The masks that we recommend are for people who are at home and who are sick and for those individuals who are caring for those people who are home that are sick,' she said.

World Health Organization officials warned at a media briefing last week that globally there is a 'significant shortage' of medical supplies, including personal protective gear or PPE, for doctors.

'We need to be clear,' Van Kerkhove said last week. 'The world is facing a significant shortage of PPE for our frontline workers -- including masks and gloves and gowns and face shields -- and protecting our health care workers must be the top priority for use of this PPE.'

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Cases: 3235045

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San Bernardino2685421719
Riverside2668492970
Orange2391752768
San Diego2300662421
Santa Clara991741278
Kern91119591
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Sacramento846531194
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San Joaquin60545844
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Stanislaus49500803
Tulare43574542
Monterey38434261
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Santa Barbara27149267
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Imperial25745510
Merced25743332
Sonoma25160251
Kings20223161
Placer18034188
San Luis Obispo17151161
Madera14068175
Santa Cruz13088136
Marin12067166
Yolo11276146
Shasta10144132
Butte9865136
El Dorado824566
Sutter812984
Napa807050
Lassen530916
San Benito523851
Yuba522730
Tehama456446
Tuolumne351241
Nevada339473
Mendocino332236
Amador307433
Lake272932
Humboldt265227
Glenn202822
Colusa19079
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Inyo105329
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Plumas6185
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