“Rarely Known Facts on Face Masks and Coronavirus (Covid-19)” Health

Health officials push the wearing of masks and gloves to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).  Shockingly, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that health workers worldwide will need at least 89 million masks every month to treat COVID-19 cases. There are already shortages of masks for medical professionals around the world, a problem that will likely get worse. Further, the World Health Organization’s advice has remained unchanged since the start of the global outbreak: wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and keep your distance. The WHO says it is advisable to wear a protective mask in public if you suspect you are infected or someone you are caring for is, in which case the advice is to stay home whenever possible. However, there are limits to how a mask can protect you from being infected and experts recently said that, “Wearing masks and gloves as a precaution against coronavirus is ineffective, unnecessary for the vast majority of people, and may even spread infections faster.” But this message has reached very few people. As well as diminishing stocks sorely needed by medical professionals, experts say masks can give people who wear them a false sense of security.  Many people who wear them don’t follow the official advice of washing their hands thoroughly first, ensuring it’s airtight and not to touch it once it’s on.

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