The World Health Organization (WHO) has changed its advice on face masks, saying they should be worn where COVID-19 is widespread and physical distancing is difficult.
“In light of evolving evidence, WHO advises that governments should encourage the general public to wear masks where there is widespread transmission and physical distancing is difficult,” WHO’s Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Friday. It’s a shift for the agency, which had previously advised the general public that only people who were ill or caring for someone who was ill needed masks.
Many major retailers have made face masks mandatory for shoppers in the United States. Many transit systems around the world are requiring masks for their riders.
Speaking to reporters at the White House, President Donald Trump said that the U.S. was “largely through” the pandemic and called again on governors to ease lockdown measures in their states.