Use of masks should be accompanied by measures of hygiene and distancing to be effective against the coronavirus, says WHO

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One of the most effective measures against the coronavirus is the washing proper hands. (Photo: Newspaper PL)

One of the most effective measures against the coronavirus is the washing proper hands. (Photo: Newspaper PL)


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

In addition, their use should be reserved for the health professionals due to shortages, and you 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 over 70 thousand dead around the world, 50 thousand of which 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 mask, except if they are in contact with sick; however, studies cited by the academies american science seem to agree on the hypothesis that the virus could be transmitted by air, among people who speak or breathe, and not only by the droplets projected by sneezing or by contact with contaminated surfaces.

Even so, the WHO remains prudent about it.

“We encourage the countries that consider the use of masks for all the population to study the effectiveness of the measure, so that we can all learn; however, there are other things that have shown that we can protect: keep a distance from others, wash hands, coughing or sneezing into the hollow of the elbow and avoid touching the face,” said the director.

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 by television and on-line on the 18th of April “in support of the health professionals on the front line” against the pandemic.

In the show will participate 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.