Lockdowns could be avoided if 95% of people wore masks, says WHO

Lockdowns could be avoided if 95% of people wore masks, says WHO

access_time2020-11-20 08:00:52


Lockdowns could be avoided if everyone followed health measures such as wearing masks, the World Health Organization's top Europe official said at a Thursday news briefing.

WHO Europe's Regional Director Hans Kluge stressed that lockdowns should be a "last resort," and urged the public to follow guidance to help to prevent deaths.

He said that if 95% of people wore masks, instead of the current 60%, "lockdowns would not be needed" -- although he added that mask use was not a "panacea" and needed to be combined with other measures.


"If we all do our share, lockdowns are avoidable," Kluge said.


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