In the midst of the novel coronavirus outbreak from China, World Health Organization (WHO) country representative Rabindra Abeyasinghe said, “Normal people going about their normal work don’t need to wear surgical or N95 masks,” according to Inquirer.
However, the WHO official said people should only wear masks if they feel symptoms of a respiratory infection or if they’re going to crowded places like hospitals and wet markets.
With the demand for face masks rising worldwide, Department of Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo asked the public to reserve them for people who need it. “N95 masks and gloves are only recommended for those taking care of sick people… or those who are under investigation.”
In China, the number of confirmed infections has reached 5,974 and the death toll now 132, according to GMA News Online. Around the world, cases have been confirmed in Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, Australia, U.S., Canada, France, and Germany, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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