The World Health Organization (WHO), recommends use of masks irrespective of the local epidemiological situation, given the current spread of the COVID-19 globally.
The WHO also updated its guidelines on mask wearing in community settings, including treatments, patient care and clinical management.
The global health body said that it is working with guideline development groups composed of independent, international experts who consider the latest available evidence and the changing epidemiology.
“Masks are recommended following a recent exposure to COVID-19, when someone has or suspects they have COVID-19, when someone is at high-risk of severe COVID-19, and for anyone in a crowded, enclosed, or poorly ventilated space.”
The Agency argued that previously, its recommendations were based on the epidemiological situation.