WHO Suggests You Do This To Your DIY Mask To Better Block Coronavirus

The World Health Organization (WHO) now recommends that people add at least two more layers to their face mask to better avoid catching the novel coronavirus. The decision comes after researchers found fabric masks with three layers can help reduce COVID-19 transmission even in closed spaces. 

WHO recently updated its guidelines on using face masks based on the new study. The organization said homemade or store-bought face masks can better block the coronavirus if the materials include an inner layer that absorbs, a middle layer for filter and an outer layer made from a non-absorbent material.

The three layers can "provide a mechanistic barrier," Maria Van Kerkhove, epidemiologist and WHO technical lead on COVID-19, said at a recent media briefing.

The face mask guidelines also include the areas where people should always wear facial coverings because of the increased risk of exposure to coronavirus. These places include grocery stores and public transportation, where physical distancing is difficult.

WHO also highlighted that people with existing health conditions and those over 60 years old should wear medical masks. That is because of their potentially weaker immune system that may allow the virus to easily infect their body. 

Every person who uses washable or homemade face masks must regularly clean the material. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said masks can be contaminated with the coronavirus and people may easily get it as they frequently adjust the facial covering or take it on or off, Business Insider reported.

Face Mask vs COVID-19

WHO said people should not heavily rely on face masks despite being found effective to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19. The organization said masks alone cannot stop the virus from spreading.

People should remain at home and avoid going out if not for very important activities. WHO fears that face masks may give a false sense of security and lead people to ignore other important prevention measures. 

“I cannot say this clearly enough: Masks alone will not protect you from COVID-19,” Tedros said. “Masks are not a replacement for physical distancing, hand hygiene and other public health measures. Masks are only of benefit as part of a comprehensive approach in the fight against COVID-19.”

Face Mask and COVID-19 Health authorities recommend that people wear face masks or coverings when going outside amid the COVID-19 pandemic to help reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the coronavirus. Pixabay