In an attempt to contain the spread of Corona Virus, an increasing number of countries have made wearing face masks mandatory in public space with citizens facing a possible fine if found with out one.
There have been a number of conflicting opinions on whether face masks can prevent the spread of the new COVID-19 from one person to another. The World Health Organization [WHO] has recommended that healthy people do not need to wear masks but those who are feeling unwell and are coughing and sneezing, as well as caring for someone who is infected should do so.
“Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaninng with alcohol based hand rub or soap and water,” WHO recommended.
Other countries such as UK and Singapore have urged public not to wear masks in order to ensure enough supplies and Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) for healthcare workers.
Contrary to WHO, the US Centre for Disease Control [CDC] doesn’t specifically advocate the use of surgical masks but advises the use of a simple cloth face covering made fromhousehold materials to slow down the spread of the virus and prevent symptomatic people from transmitting the virus to other uninfected people.
However, to countries that are enforcing wearing masks, its believed that face masks help in spreading micromucus droplets from a person’s mouth such as cough, saliva and sneezing thus a requirement for every individualwho goes in public spaces.
Today, about 50 countries have made wearing face masks in public spaces mandatory. Most recent is Roman Catholic Church in Italy which has entered an agreement with the government to allow Eucharistic Mass celebrations. The move will see priests and congregations putting on masks during Mass. Other countries include:
was among the first countries to impose the mandatory use of face masks in public back in March.