We’re also continuing to study the evidence about the use of masks.
WHO’s priority is that frontline health workers are able to access essential personal protective equipment, including medical masks and respirators.
That’s why we are continuing to work with governments and manufacturers to step up the production and distribution of personal protective equipment, including masks.
There’s an ongoing debate about the use of masks at the community level.
WHO recommends the use of medical masks for people who are sick and those caring for them.
However, in these circumstances, masks are only effective when combined with other protective measures.
WHO continues to gather all available evidence and continues to evaluate the potential use of masks more broadly to control COVID-19 transmission at the community level.