WHO updates coronavirus mask guidance – including wearing masks at home

In England, people are told to wear face masks in situations where it’s hard to keep socially distanced – such as on public transport.

This is in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus in situations where you have to be closer to people.

But according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), we should be wearing masks in even more situations.

New advice from the WHO recommends using face coverings at home when you have visitors over, if you can’t keep a one metre distance.

The WHO also recommends people wear a face mask indoors and outdoors where at least one metre can’t be maintained.

If you find yourself in an area with known or suspected Covid spread, the WHO recommends you wear a face mask both indoors and indoors where a distance can’t be kept.

In other places, such as shops, schools and shared workplaces, the advice recommends to wear a mask regardless of social distancing.

This is at least the case unless ventilation has been assessed to be adequate.

Meanwhile, children under five years old shouldn’t wear mask, and a risk-based approach” should be taken with six to 11-year-olds.

Those aged 12 and above should follow the same guidance as adults.

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According to the WHO, masks should not be worn while doing vigorous physical activity, “because of the risk of reducing your breathing capacity”.

The WHO says: “You should always clean your hands before and after using a mask, and before touching it while wearing it.

“While wearing a mask, you should still keep physical distance from others as much as possible. Wearing a mask does not mean you can have close contact with people.”

If you want to check what the advice on wearing face coverings in the UK, you can check the government website.

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