The World Health Organization (WHO) advice to wear FACE MASKs in Public Place | Keep Social Distancing and Wear Face Mask in Public Place
The World Health Organization (WHO) has changed its advice on face masks, saying they should be worn in public where social distancing is not possible to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
The global body said new information showed they could provide "a barrier for potentially infectious droplets".
Some countries already recommended or mandate face coverings in public.
The WHO had previously argued there was not enough evidence to say that healthy people should wear masks.
However, WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday that "in light of evolving evidence, the WHO advises that governments should encourage the general public to wear masks where is widespread transmission and physical distancing is difficult, such as on public transport, in shops or in other confined or crowded environments".
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The organisation had always advised that mnedical face masks should be worn by people who are sick and by those caring for them.
Globally, there have been 6.7 nillion confirmed coronavirus cases and nearly 400,000 deaths since the outbreak began last year.