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What kind of mask should I buy?

Views:12     Author:Site Editor     Publish Time: 2020-11-06      Origin:WHO.int

As the WHO suggested, masks should be used as part of a comprehensive strategy of measures to suppress transmission and save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Medical masks are recommended for:

  • Health workers in clinical settings.

  • Anyone who is feeling unwell, including people with mild symptoms, such as muscle aches, slight cough, sore throat or fatigue.

  • Anyone awaiting COVID-19 test results or who has tested positive.

  • People caring for someone who is a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 outside of health facilities.


Medical masks are also recommended for the following groups, because they are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19 and dying:

  • People aged 60 or over.

  • People of any age with underlying health conditions, including chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, immunocompromised patients and diabetes mellitus.


Non-medical, fabric masks can be used by the general public under the age of 60 and who do not have underlying health conditions.


But, WHO also said the use of a mask alone is not sufficient to provide an adequate level of protection against COVID-19. If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, stay safe by taking some simple precautions, such as physical distancing, wearing a mask, keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds, cleaning your hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue. Check local advice where you live and work. Do it all!

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