World Health Organization finally recommends wearing masks in public places

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The World Health Organization on June 5 changed its guidance on wearing masks to curb the transmission of the COVID-19 disease, recommending governments encourage everyone to wear masks in public places.

The WHO said evidence from studies in recent weeks showed masks could serve as "a barrier for potentially infectious droplets."

The organization had previously said there was not enough evidence to say that healthy people should wear masks.

The WHO now recommends wearing masks in public settings such as stores, at work, social or mass gatherings, and in closed settings such as schools or places of worship.

The global body also recommends wearing masks in cramped conditions such as slums and refugee camps, and on public transport.

To prevent critical resources from being diverted from healthcare workers, the WHO recommends that members of the general public wear fabric or "non-medical" masks.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Infected pedestrian spreading SARS-CoV-2
1. People wearing masks in a store, at a protest and in a classroom
2. People wearing masks in a refugee camp and on public transportation
3. Healthcare workers wearing masks
4. WHO advice on mask choice
5. Spread of SARS-CoV-2 through respiratory droplets via coughing or sneezing

VOICEOVER (in English):
"The World Health Organization on June 5 changed its guidance on wearing masks to curb the transmission of the COVID-19 disease, recommending governments encourage everyone to wear masks in public places."

"The WHO now recommends wearing masks in public settings such as stores, at work, social or mass gatherings, and in closed settings such as schools or places of worship."

"The global body also recommends wearing masks in cramped conditions such as slums and refugee camps and on public transport."

"The WHO has always recommended that infected people and those caring for them wear medical masks."

"To prevent critical resources from being diverted from healthcare workers, the WHO recommends that members of the general public wear fabric or 'non-medical' masks."

"These masks should have at least three layers — an absorbent inner layer, a filter, and an outer layer that does not easily absorb water."

"The WHO said evidence from studies in recent weeks showed masks could serve as 'a barrier for potentially infectious droplets.'"

"The organization had previously said there was not enough evidence to say that healthy people should wear masks."

SOURCES: Reuters, WHO
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-who-masks-factbox/factbox-what-the-who-recommends-on-face-masks-idUSKBN23C2B1
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-who-masks/wear-masks-in-public-says-who-in-update-of-covid-19-advice-idUSKBN23C27Y
https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/advice-on-the-use-of-masks-in-the-community-during-home-care-and-in-healthcare-settings-in-the-context-of-the-novel-coronavirus-(2019-ncov)-outbreak