WHO issues new guidance on face masks, advising people wear them in places where social distancing is difficult or if you're over 60 years old
In a press briefing Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said everyone in areas with community transmission should wear a face mask where social distancing isn't possible to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. WHO also advised that in areas of community transmission, everyone who is over 60 years old or has underlying health conditions should wear a medical mask in spaces where social distancing is difficult. All healthcare workers in areas with widespread transmission should also wear medical masks, not just those working with coronavirus patients, WHO said. WHO reaffirmed that face masks alone cannot prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
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If there are confirmed cases of the coronavirus in your community, you should wear a fabric face mask when you are out in public spaces where social distancing is impossible, per an update from the World Health Organization on Friday. In the June 5 press briefing, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom also announced revised guidelines on who should be wearing medical facemasks in communities where there are confirmed cases of the coronavirus, as well as overcrowded spaces including stores, buses, trains, and planes. The WHO now recommends medical face masks to everyone who has underlying health conditions or is over 60 years old in spaces where social distancing is difficult or impossible. Additionally, Adhanom said all healthcare workers in communities with widespread transmission should be wearing medical face masks. "That means, for example, that when a doctor is doing a ward round on the cardiology or palliative care units where there are no confirmed COVID-19 patients, they should still wear a medical mask," Adhanom said in the briefing. Previously, the WHO recommended that only healthcare workers, people infected with the coronavirus, and their caregivers wear medical masks. Following the briefing, Adhanom tweeted the new guidelines.
Today @WHO has updated its guidance on who should wear a mask, when it should be worn and what it should be made of based on evolving evidence: https://t.co/b3NvzCyerL #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/TvytnSRcw8 — Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) June 5, 2020
Adhanom also repeated that masks alone do not protect people from the coronavirus in the briefing. "I wish to be very clear that the guidance we are publishing today is an update of what we have been saying for months: that masks should only ever be used as part of a comprehensive strategy in the fight against COVID," Adhanom said.SEE ALSO: WHO: Fabric masks need 3 layers to best curb coronavirus spread Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Inside London during COVID-19 lockdown
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Trump, who dismissed and refused to wear a face mask for months, now says wearing one is 'patriotic' like him
President Donald Trump has suggested he was "patriotic" for wearing a face mask — after months...President Donald Trump has suggested he was "patriotic" for wearing a face mask — after months of refusing to do so during the coronavirus pandemic. Trump had long pushed back against mandatory mask orders, and said he didn't need to wear one. He wore one in full display of the media for the first — and so far, only — time, while touring the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center earlier this month. On Monday he shared a picture of himself wearing a mask at what appears to be that event, adding: "Many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask" and "There is nobody more Patriotic than me." Sources told CNN that Trump was persuaded to encourage mask wearing when shown evidence that Americans don't approve of his response to the virus. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump has connected wearing a face mask with being "patriotic," marking his clearest endorsement of the step yet after months of mixed messages and refusing to wear one himself. Trump tweeted a picture of himself wearing a mask on Monday night, adding: "We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can't socially distance." "There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President!" We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance. There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President! pic.twitter.com/iQOd1whktN — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2020 His tweet called the novel coronavirus the "China virus," repeating his controversial nickname for the disease that has been met with widespread criticism for connecting people of Chinese descent with the virus. Trump has only been pictured wearing a mask in public and in front of the press once since the pandemic began — while he toured the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on July 11. The picture tweeted by Trump on Monday appears to be from this event. Trump told Fox News Sunday that he wore the mask as he did not want to "spread anything" to the soldiers. But there may have been another motive. An unnamed official who was at the event told CNN that the president decided to wear a mask after being shown data indicating that Americans did not approve of Trump's response to the virus. Another advisor told CNN that Trump agreed to wear the mask after heavy "pleading" from aides, and that Trump had not wanted to be seen to be relenting to media pressure. While Trump has not wholly criticized medical advice that people should wear masks, he has repeatedly said that it was not necessary for him, as he is protected and regularly tested, and pushed back against making them mandatory. Trump had long avoided wearing one, and he reportedly believed that doing so would make him look ridiculous and harm his reelection chances. In May, the White House made all West Wing staffers to wear masks in the building, but the rule did not apply to Trump. Trump also went on to public events without wearing one. He was criticized in May for touring a Honeywell factory without wearing a mask, though he said he wore one "backstage," where no cameras were present. He also didn't wear one to tour a Ford factory, where he also said he wore on where the media could not see him, saying "I didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it." In June, Trump said he believed that some Americans were wearing masks to show that they disapprove of him. On July 1, Trump said he was "all for masks," but was critical of the idea of mandatory face mask orders. In the Fox News Sunday interview, Trump dismissed Centers for Disease Control predictions that the virus could soon be brought under control if everyone wore masks. "I don't agree with the statement that if everybody wear a mask everything disappears," he said. "All of sudden everybody's got to wear a mask, and as you know masks cause problems, too." But he later added: "With that being said, I'm a believer in masks. I think masks are good." Vice President Mike Pence, who chairs the White House coronavirus task force, also told a meeting with governors on Monday that wearing masks and social distancing "dramatically decrease the rate of community spread," according to a recording obtained by The Daily Beast. In refusing to wear masks, Trump had stood out against other world leaders, and his presidential election rival Democrat Joe Biden. In late May, Trump shared a tweet mocking Biden for wearing a face mask at a public Memorial Day appearance.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: We tested a machine that brews beer at the push of a button
Social gatherings and campaign rallies like those planned by President Trump could spread infections this summer....Social gatherings and campaign rallies like those planned by President Trump could spread infections this summer. People should wear masks and continue social distancing, public health researchers say.
Trump declined to wear a mask at a mask making factory — despite signs displayed that they were required — in a visit that featured music usually played at his campaign rallies
President Donald Trump wore only protective eyewear while visiting a Honeywell PPE facility in Phoenix, Arizona,...President Donald Trump wore only protective eyewear while visiting a Honeywell PPE facility in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday. Neither Trump nor the officials that were with him wore masks despite signs that instructed mask-wearing. Trump has previously said that he would not wear a mask, despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation to wear a mask or cloth face-covering. The facility also played music similar to what would be heard at a Trump rally. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump toured a Honeywell facility in Phoenix, Arizona, which makes N95 respirators for health-care workers. Instead of wearing a mask, Trump only wore goggles. Signs around the facility stated that masks are required, according to reporters present for the tour. Workers at the factory were sporting masks, according to photos from the event. Trump not wearing mask but goggles at Honeywell facility. Other aides not wearing masks at all. Sign in facility says “face mask required in this area.” pic.twitter.com/Uq7Fr2ioeS — Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 5, 2020 Trump said last month during a coronavirus press briefing that he would not wear a face mask, despite CDC recommendations for the public to wear some sort of cloth mask or face-covering. According to Bloomberg, Trump has been hesitant to wear a face mask since the start of the coronavirus outbreak and repeatedly "suggested they were impractical, pointless and beneath the dignity of the leader of the free world." Bloomberg added that Trump's refusal to wear face a face mask has led to confusion. "At the very least, it confuses people," K. "Vish" Viswanath, a professor of health communication at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health told Bloomberg. "At the very worst, it might even cause them to question if these rules apply to them or if the message is really that critical." "I would wear it. If it’s a mask environment, I would have no problem," Trump said this morning before AF1 took off for Arizona. "I’ll know when I get there." He ended up not wearing one. https://t.co/NYpV4XUNIl — Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) May 5, 2020 Vice President Mike Pence was criticized last week for also not wearing a mask while visiting a Mayo Clinic, he later apologized and said he should have worn a mask. The visit to the factory was Trump's first major trip out of the White House in around two months, as the coronavirus has halted both non-essential travel and large gatherings like campaign rallies. During his tour music was played similar to what would be heard at a Trump rally. Bloomberg reporter Justin Sink tweeted that "live and let die" was being played during the tour. The Rolling Stones song "You Can't Always Get What You Want" was also played at the end of Trump's speech — a song that is a fixture at the end of his rallies. While speaking at the facility, Trump said: "Together we are fighting for everybody but we are fighting this terrible coronavirus. It is a tough opponent but we are winning." During his speech, Trump thanked the owners of a local Mexican restaurant who were targeted after appearing in the VIP area at Donald Trump's Phoenix rally earlier this year. "I can't believe I have to socially distance myself from these two people. They're probably the ones who want it from me," Trump said as he asked the couple to go on stage to make a speech. WH played Rolling Stones at the end of his speech at Honeywell mask facility in Arizona. Just as they do at his rallies. pic.twitter.com/XKlWabCLe9 — Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 5, 2020 Members of several tribes including Vice President of Navajo Nation Myron Lizer and Second Lady Lizer, Gila River Indian Community Governor Stephen Roe Lewis also attended the tour. According to a pool report, "Trump touted funding in the CARES act allocated for tribal governments." He also said that the "full resources" of the federal government would be used to help protect Native Americans from the virus. Lizer explained that coronavirus cases among the Navajo Nation are still increasing and there have been 2,400 confirmed cases and 73 deaths. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Inside London during COVID-19 lockdown