Coronavirus | Masks | Contagion | COVID-19 | The WHO clarified that the use of masks is not the miracle solution to the pandemic Science


The World Health Organization (WHO) denied that the masks are “solution miracle” to stop the pandemic COVID-19 and its widespread use among the population is only justified when the access to water for washing hands is limited or it is difficult to maintain the physical distance.

“There is No binary response, or solution miracle. The masks alone can not curb the pandemic of COVID-19”, he stressed the director of the World Organization of Health, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, during a press conference on telematics from Geneva.

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In addition, its use should be reserved for the health professionals, given the paucity, and can be “justified” among the population if other measures, such as washing of hands and the physical distance, they are not easy to put into practice due to lack of water or because the population density is high, he added.

Since its appearance in December in China, the pandemic of COVID-19 has caused more than 70,000 deaths in all over the world, 50,000 of which are in Europe, and pegged officially to 1.25 million people.

To date, the who has pointed out that it is not necessary that healthy people wear a maskexcept if you are in contact with sick people.

However, studies cited by the academies american science seem to agree on the hypothesis that the virus could be transmitted by air between people who speak or breatheand not only by the droplets projected by sneezing or by contact with contaminated surfaces.

Even so, the WHO remains prudent about it.

On the other hand, the american artist, Lady Gaga stepped in to direct during the press conference to announce a concert that will be broadcast on television and online on the 18 April “in support of the health professionals on the front line” against the pandemic.

In the show will participate in Andrea Bocelli, Chris Martin, David Beckham, Elton John, John Legend, Keith Urban, Lang Lang, Paul McCartney, Priyanka Chopra, Jonas, Shah Rukh Khan and Stevie Wonder.



What are the symptoms of the new coronavirus?

Among the most common symptoms of the COVID-19 are: fever, tiredness, and dry cough, although in some patients has been detected, body pain, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, and diarrhea. These discomforts can be mild or occur gradually; however, there are cases in which people it infects, but does not develop any symptoms, said World Health Organization (WHO).

In addition, the entity reported that 80 % of people who acquire the disease recover without special treatment, 1 of every 6 cases develops a serious illness and difficulty breathing, older people and those with underlying medical conditions (high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes) are more likely to develop a serious illness, and that only 2 % of those who contracted the virus died.

Who are the people who are most at risk for the coronavirus?

Because the COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus, according to the reports that we have at the global level, the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes are developed serious cases of the disease more frequently than others.


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