Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) has advised people to wear face masks where physical distancing is not possible.
In new guidelines issued to governments on Friday, the health body recommended use of medical masks for healthcare workers even if they are not attending COVID-19 patients. This will avoid the transmission of coronavirus.
“That means, for example, when a doctor is doing a ward round on the cardiology or palliative care units where there are no confirmed COVID-19 patients, they should still wear a medical mask,” WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the media.
However, masks are not an alternative to physical distancing, hand hygiene and other public health measures. However, they are one of the protective gears to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the WHO chief said.
According to the new guidelines, the face masks should have three layers of different materials.