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 Coronavirus: Should I wear a mask to stop the virus?
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The World Health Organization clearly states that medical masks should be for

healthcare workers, not for the general public. But some countries don't agree. 



Different countries give different advice when it comes to masks. 

Some even want you to make your own. But what does the science say?

Mask on mask off? Well, the World Health Organization which is made up of 

thousands of doctors, public health specialists and scientists 

from around the world, looks at all the evidence on this subject regularly. 

It says, healthy people do not need to wear a facemask 

when they go about their daily business. Why not? It says, 

in this situation there's no evidence to show that mask stop you from

getting coronavirus. Mask themselves can be actually become 

contaminated and infect you. For instance, if you touch something and then 

you touch your mask or even your face. Also, masks give a false sense 

of security so you may fee better protected than you actually are. 

And they say masks may make you less likely to wash your hands or

practice social distancing. And if too many people are buying masks 

that aren't going to be enough for those who really need them. 

So who should wear a mask? Enter the health and care workers of the world.

Masks like these should be prioritized for them so they 

can safely look after sick people. According to WHO, 

you should also be wearing a mask if you're at home with coronavirus 

symptoms or looking after someone who is ill at home while you're in the same

room as them. But you should make sure that your wear them properly and 

dispose them safely. Does everyone agree with WHO? 

Well, no. Slovakia and the Czech Republic for example have 

made it illegal to leave your home without a mask. In other countries, 

wearing masks all the time is just the dhe done thing. This is not really

to do with you protecting yourself but protecting other from you. 

This idea is supported by some scientists but it's not supported by the

WHO nor is it backed by the British government. Can I make my own mask? 

In America, there's been a shortage of medical masks. People are making

their own out of their own clothes. But the WHO says it doesn't know

whether homemade masks work or not. There's not enough evidence 

to make decision but it's something that still looking into. So what's the best 

way to stop yourself from catching coronavirus when you leave your house?

It's still all about that hand washing and practicing social distancing.



1. For what reasons the World Health Organization say healthy people wear a mask?

2. Who could wear the masks? 

3. What law was implemented in Slovakia and the Czech Republic?

2020-04-23 오전 11:39:45
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