The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday deemed face masks as an effective tool that would help reduce the risk of Coronavirus transmission, saying that they should not give a false sense of protection.
"We are advising governments to encourage that the general public wear a mask. And we specify a fabric mask - that is, a non-medical mask," the WHO's technical lead expert on COVID-19, Maria Van Kerkhove, told Reuters in an interview.
"We have new research findings," she said.
"We have evidence now that if this is done properly it can provide a barrier ... for potentially infectious droplets,” she added.