New WHO study confirms face masks are effective in reducing COVID-19 spread

Researchers who reviewed 172 studies about the effectiveness of masks, eye protection and physical distancing in decreasing the spread of COVID-19 confirm what many health officials have already been saying: They work. The World Health Organization-funded study looked at research carried out in 16 countries on six continents in order to prepare clear guidance on the issue. Dr. David Harris, a Vancouver […]

Fauci Warns That Pandemic ‘Isn’t Over Yet’

Anthony Fauci, MD, told a group of biotechnology executives on Tuesday that he’s surprised by how fast the coronavirus has spread across the globe. “In a period of 4 months, it has devastated the whole world,” he said during a conference held by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, according to The New York Times.  “And it isn’t […]

WHO urges mask use in confined public areas, where coronavirus still spreads

Governments in areas with widespread COVID-19 transmission should encourage the use of non-medical masks on public transport, in shops and in other locations where physical distancing is difficult, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends, in updated guidance published on Friday. Additionally, people over 60, or who have underlying health conditions, should wear medical masks in […]

Widespread Face Masks Could Control Second Wave, British Study Says

The widespread wearing of face masks — even homemade ones — could go a long way toward reducing coronavirus transmission rates and might help control a second wave of the virus, according to a British study released Wednesday. Scientists from Cambridge and Greenwich universities said stay-at-home orders aren’t enough to stop the spread of the […]

The COVID-19 Risk Factor You Can Control

If you are concerned about your risk from COVID-19, then you should know that there may be significant opportunities to lower your risk beyond hand washing and social distancing. COVID-19 is stabilizing or decreasing in many parts of the world, and this is good news. However, many experts predict the pandemic is far from over, and the […]

WHO changes COVID-19 mask guidance: Wear one if you can’t keep your distance

The agency previously had recommended that health care workers, people with COVID-19 and their caregivers wear medical masks. The World Health Organization is broadening its recommendations for the use of masks during the coronavirus pandemic and said Friday it is now advising that in areas where the virus is spreading, people should wear masks when social distancing […]

The World Health Organization (WHO) has changed its advice on face masks, saying they should be worn in public where social distancing is not possible to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

The global body said new information showed they could provide “a barrier for potentially infectious droplets”. Some countries already recommend or mandate face coverings in public. The WHO had previously argued there was not enough evidence to say that healthy people should wear masks. However, WHO director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday that […]


DR. DARIEN SUTTON-RAMSEY EXPLAINS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW What function do masks provide generally, whether they’re medical-grade or cloth and paper masks? Dr. Darien Sutton-Ramsey: There are two main types of masks that people know about. The surgical-style mask — the one you drape over your ears — doesn’t really connect closely to your […]