Medical masks not to protect against coronavirus, - WHO

Source : 112 Ukraine

Wearing a medical mask can only help limit the spread of some respiratory disease
14:18, 4 February 2020


Medical masks will not protect against the deadly Chinese coronavirus and wearing it can only help limit the spread of some respiratory disease, World Health Organization reports.

WHO advises on the rational use of medical masks thus avoiding unnecessary wastage of precious resources and potential misuse of masks, which means that people should use only if they have respiratory symptoms (coughing or sneezing), have suspected 2019-nCoV infection with mild symptoms or are caring for someone with the suspected 2019-nCoV infection.

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As we reported earlier, as of February 4, 2020, the death toll from the coronavirus epidemic in China has already reached 414 people. This was reported by the Health Commission of China, Global Times informed.

Hubei Province has 2,345 new cases of the novel coronavirus. The total number of infections in the province has increased to 13,522 cases. At the same time, 396 people recovered from the disease. However, human losses from the coronavirus are much greater - 414 deaths have been reported to date.

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