World Health Organisation

World Health Organisation

No need to wear a mask? Experts urge health authorities to rethink mask policy
As the coronavirus has spread to more than 110 countries, the world can’t seem to agree on whether everyone should wear a face mask. While masks are a common sight in China and many other parts of East Asia, European and American authorities have advised only the ill to wear a mask when they go out. A review by Inkstone found that only three of the nine countries most affected by the coronavirus recommend people without respiratory symptoms to wear a mask to prevent the spread of the virus, especially in crowded places. As the spread of the virus accelerates outside East Asia, some experts have called on global health authorities to rethink the role of masking. In an article published in th
What the world can learn from China’s lockdown experience
When Chinese authorities made the decision, it went into effect immediately. In an effort to contain the coronavirus epidemic, entire cities, including Wuhan, the epicenter of the contagion, went into lockdown in the central Chinese province of Hubei in late January. Nearly 60 million people were largely confined to their cities by central government decree, with school and work canceled across the country. That effort appeared to start paying off last week as China reported fewer than 200 new cases of fresh infection each day, down from last month when there were several days with more than 3,000 new cases. On Monday, for the second day in a row, China reported no new local infections outsi