During the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of face masks is one of the public and personal health control measures employed against the spread of SARS-CoV-2. The use of masks has received varying recommendations from different public health agencies and governments. The World Health Organization and other public health organisations agree that masks can limit the spread of respiratory viral diseases such as COVID-19. However, the topic has been a subject of debate, with some public health agencies and governments initially disagreeing on a protocol for wearing face masks.

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  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of face masks is one of the public and personal health control measures employed against the spread of SARS-CoV-2. The use of masks has received varying recommendations from different public health agencies and governments. The World Health Organization and other public health organisations agree that masks can limit the spread of respiratory viral diseases such as COVID-19. However, the topic has been a subject of debate, with some public health agencies and governments initially disagreeing on a protocol for wearing face masks. As of early May 2020, 88% of the world's population lives in countries that recommend or mandate the use of masks in public; more than 75 countries have mandated the use of masks. Debates have emerged regarding whether masks should be worn even when social distancing at 2 meters (6 feet), and whether they should be worn during exercise. Additionally, public health agencies of some countries and territories have changed their recommendations regarding face masks over time. Face masks have been a subject of shortages, and not all have been certified. Moreover, substandard masks were reported on the market with significantly reduced performance. Types of face masks include: * cloth face masks * medical or surgical masks * filtering facepiece respirators such as N95 masks and FFP masks Face shields, medical goggles, and other types of personal protective equipment are sometimes used together with face masks. (en)
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  • October 2020 (en)
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  • It should be written in the context of the pandemic, rather than just stating general things about the masks itself regardless of the pandemic. (en)
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  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of face masks is one of the public and personal health control measures employed against the spread of SARS-CoV-2. The use of masks has received varying recommendations from different public health agencies and governments. The World Health Organization and other public health organisations agree that masks can limit the spread of respiratory viral diseases such as COVID-19. However, the topic has been a subject of debate, with some public health agencies and governments initially disagreeing on a protocol for wearing face masks. (en)
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  • Face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic (en)
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