World Health Organization officials confirm their recommendation for people to NOT wear masks unless they are sick or caring for somebody who is sick.
Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO health emergencies program, spoke Monday at a media briefing in Geneva and stated there’s no evidence to suggest that the mass population should wear masks to prevent contracting COVID-19.
Dr. Ryan added, “There also is the issue that we have a massive global shortage. 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.”
CNN has reported the WHO’s recommendations for members of the community to not wear masks.
When asked, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, an infectious disease epidemiologist with the WHO, 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.”
Protecting our frontline workers should be our top priority. There is a worldwide shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like masks and gloves, and we need to ensure those caring for the sick are safe and healthy.