Fabric Face Masks Still Work vs New COVID-19 Variant, According to World Health Organization
The World Health Organization said that fabric facemasks could still work against the new COVID-19 variant.
WHO explained that the public could still use fabric facemasks against the new coronavirus variant. The agency said that the mutated COVID-19 variant are still transmitted similar to the original variant.
WHO’s Covid-19 technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove reported that the organization found no changes in modes of transmissions. The organization noticed that the new variant spreads the same method.
Germany and Austria have required the residents to wear surgical or FFP2 masks on public transport and in shops instead of fabric masks to prevent the rapid spread of the mutated virus.
WHO also advised the public that only individuals under the age of 60 are allowed to use non-medical masks. “Non-medical, fabric masks can be used by the general public under the age of 60 and who do not have underlying health conditions,” WHO said.
However, the agency is encouraging the health workers in clinical settings, people waiting for COVID-19 test results, and sick individuals to wear medical masks. They are also ready to implement changes if the situation gets worse.
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