WHO fears widespread use of masks will cause shortages in hospitals

The World Health Organization (WHO) expressed concern that the widespread use of masks, which many governments are considering as a measure to combat COVID-19, causes a shortage of this material in hospitals and medical centers where this product is essential.

"Priority should be given to the use of masks by health workers, who are in the front line" to combat the pandemic, stressed the director-general of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in response to the increasing use of this material of protection in countries affected by the coronavirus.

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Tedros stressed that there is a global shortage of masks and that "it could worsen for the people who need them most because of their massive use by the general population", so in some countries "health workers are in real danger."

The debate around face masks has been revived by the fact that in countries where this article was widely used even before the current pandemic, such as China, Japan or South Korea, the number of relative infections has been lower than in regions. later affected by COVID-19, such as Europe or the United States.

The WHO Director-General insisted that the body continues to recommend the use of these masks only in health personnel, along with other protective equipment, while in the general community it is only advisable in sick people and those who care for sick people in their home.

Tedros admitted, however, that "there are no definitive answers", so the WHO continues to evaluate a wider use of masks, especially in countries where other prevention measures are less accessible, such as places where the water supply is scarce and This prevents frequent hand washing.

"We encourage countries that consider the use of masks for the entire population to study the efficacy of the measure, so that we can all learn," said the doctor. "With or without a mask, there are other things that have been shown to protect us: keeping distance from others, washing hands, coughing or sneezing into the elbow hole and avoiding touching your face," he concluded.

Source: EFE