WHO: Advisory on ‘when to use a mask’ applies ‘generally’

The World Health Organization (WHO) has clarified that its advisory on “when to use a mask” is only a “general” advice, in response to a query made by our techie on behalf of TR Emeritus.

Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) had on Thursday (13 Feb), issued a statement clarifying that their health advisory on “no need for individuals who are well to wear a mask” is actually in line with WHO’s “guidance on the use of masks in the community in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak.”

The ministry was rebutting an allegation made by States Times Review (STR) in a Facebook post made on Thursday (13 Feb) which alleged, inter alia, that the Singapore government is “the only one” telling members of the public not to wear a mask.

Our techie, with plenty of time on his hands due to his forced-confinement in his father-in-law’s village in Hubei province then decided to email WHO seeking clarification on their “when to use a mask” advisory as it was not inline with the Chinese health authorities’s narrative where “mask must be worn at all times” when in public places.

To avoid possible allegations of being “taken out of context” or being “misquoted”, our techie’s entire to-and-fro with WHO’s media team are reproduced verbatim below:

Techie:  We refer to your Q&A on the Covid-19 on this page: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/when-and-how-to-use-masks

We note that there was no mention of the need to wear a mask in public for a country as infected as Singapore and others, like Hong Kong?

Even China the most infected country in the world is compelling its residents to wear a mask outdoor, may we ask what is WHO’s advisory for residents in highly infected countries on the wearing of masks outdoor?

WHO:  As stated on the site you refer to the advice is that healthy people only need to wear a mask if caring for someone who is sick.

TechieIs this advice also applicable to cities in China?

WHO:  Thank you it applies generally.

From the above reply, our techie, who is not a medical personal, take it to mean that the advisory is very generally and is the basic minimum which should be implemented for all countries with infections.

For countries with huge infections like China, extra measures should be and have been implemented on top of what WHO has recommended, he noted.

Another good example where additional measures are needed would be onboard the Diamond Princess, where hundreds have been infected in a small confined space, he opined.

Additionally, WHO’s Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had said in a press briefing on Tuesday (11 Feb) that the virus can be passed by the respiration of tiny airborne droplets from an infected person.

With 72 confirmed infections and Singapore being a very small and crowded island, shouldn’t additional measures like wearing of mask be “strongly advised” as opposed to the nonchalant attitude of applying a “general” advisory encouraging not wearing one (maybe) because the “fatality rate of Covid-19 is lower than SARS”?

What do you think?

 

 

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34 Responses to “WHO: Advisory on ‘when to use a mask’ applies ‘generally’”

  • President Xi Wearing Mask:

    President Xi has been seen wearing mask at every meeting as seen on our TV. Does President Xi knows something that our highly paid Ministers do not known and therefore ask Singaporeans not to wear mask unless sick.

    So far the two salesgirls at the shop in Jalan Besar got infected because they followed the good advice and did not put on masks. How many more will get infected because if this advice ?

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  • Heard Xi’s pay only US$20k approx a year while ours 2 million wor, so you say who better who more smart and who must listen to lor. lol

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  • You Die Your Own Business:

    The reason is simple.

    Not enough masks to go around, any stockpile, if there is any, probably will be for use in hospitals…… as well as jesters in the arselicktocracy and the clown prince.

    The clowns could throw billions into abyss investment in China, but not on getting sufficient masks for citizens.

    Kick the ball to WHO is a very convenient excuse, because they are already owned by the brethrens up north who created this pandemic.

    The clown said future method could be like lockdown at homes if spread continues…. just like what the evil brother did up north?

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  • So far the two salesgirls at the shop in Jalan Besar got infected because they followed the good advice and did not put on masks. How many more will get infected because if this advice ?

    They will POFMA you and say its not true because the salesgirl were infected by fomites when they collected infected cash from the tourists. So a mask would not have helped.

    And if you say cannot be formite because the tourists had used mobile payment without contact, then they will also POFMA you and say its via droplets which went into their eyes, not through the nose or mouth.

    Again if you argue cannot be because both the salesgirls were wearing spectacles, then they would say its because it was transmitted through plastic bangs when the salesgirl handed the packaged good to the tourists.

    Remember that our civil service under the PAPies are never wrong. They are trained to wayang kulit their way out of a situation via the Indian art of roti prataing. lol

    @You Die Your Own Business

    I agree with you. I have been saying that from day one since someone living in ivory tower boasted got enough. Why I am so confident is because the city (polulation like SG) where I am confined in right now literally “burned” 5 million masks in a day, which works out to 150 million masks a month.

    Give the virus 3 months and SG would need about 500 millon masks. I wonder which part of Isetana they stock that. lol

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  • Pap has the mandate:

    Another classic example of the Singapore PAP Government book smart only PAP milliondollars salary ministers have no clue with the real world as not text book can teach…low EQ…lol..always waiting for a cue from others with knee jerk reaction…lol..what a waste of paid to these ministers with tax payers mo ey… sack them.

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  • oxygen:

    BECAUSE COVID-19 IS FAR MORE INFECTIOUS, the risks of spreading is far more pervasive.

    No one knows if the “cure” of immunity resistance is permanent or temporal such that its next resurgence on the host is definitively fatal and spreading uncontrollable or the host’s immune defence is permanently lowered of damage just like a shell-decimated fortification in military warfare.

    Iran’s sheling of a US air force base in Iraq caused 119 US servicemen very serious brain damage despite no physical casualty is my analogy.

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  • Bapak:

    Steady Sunkaporeans, steady. We have a new weapon called POFMA to counter the Covid-19 virus. Very soon many countries will come here to learn how we develop this new technology. Another first for Sunkland.

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  • @Oxygen

    If Sillyporeans are paying millions for talents that can parrot what others have said and done, then I think I can also be the CEO of Temasick and GIC liao lor.

    All I need to do is to buy whatever Warren, Jack or Pony is buying, dio bo? lol

    @Bapak
    Just POFMA everyone who mention the word “Covid-19″ and soon there will be no Covid-19 in the island liao. Brilliant idea!

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  • Tremendous:

    So many members of a certain party have been hiding in aircon rooms and private landed property, including the medical director and the ministers, what do they know about population density ? Using a WHO standard answer and applying it in local context wholesale is a sure sign of shirking responsibility.

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  • lying pap S$m liars:

    the simple truth is there are not enough masks in Singapore.

    pap lies about sufficient masks in Singapore. it is a lie. because Singapore spent money on propping up gic temasick the failing organizations owned by 70% sheep chaired by pap clown and run by pap clown wife RESPECTIVELY.

    with S$m remaining, the money is paid ownself justified ownself S$m pap system approved by pliant pap parleement.

    the remaining S$, very little, can afford stockpile maybe 10m masks. so although Singapore 6.9m mouths, pap provided 5m masks in total, not even 6.9m.

    70% sheep must realize. at 6.9m pap already cannot function.

    at 10.0m sure die fasest if believe in pap BS pap lies pap S$m ownself pay ownself system.

    why pap says kenna then wear mask?

    BECAUSE

    there is a shortage of masks in Singapore. PERIOD.

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  • A new spike ??:

    Probably More cases coming up
    soon as a result of the SG AIRSHOW.
    Went on as scheduled with thousands of spectators, local and foreigners crowded together..
    I felt it was irresponsible of the authorities..
    Risking people’s health (or lives) just for a few dollars more?
    Most countries are cancelling or postponing events but here in sg….!!!
    The sheeple who attended are just to blame..
    I read the crowd was like 32k strong. If at least one or two carriers of the disease were amongst them, who knows how many got infected!

    .

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  • Funny English:

    The syntax of the sentence is ambiguous: “healthy people only need to wear a mask…” can also be taken to mean they don’t need to wear anything else except a mask! It does not say that if you are healthy you cannot or should not wear a mask in other situations that could expose you to the infection. Again, those who are well (not sick) may not exactly be very healthy (eg. the old and elderly); the mask provide them some protection. There are those who will refuse to wear the mask even when they are sick and will gladly share the virus with you.; others may not know they have been infected. There are too many unknowns for “one advice fits all” advisory.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Do you think any of the PAP Ministers dares to say any thing different from what the WHO has advised. Our PAP’s ministers are just Million $ followers. PAP’s ministers are paid Milky Way highest salary but doing the easiest job, just follow. Any of the cleaners in Parliament building can do the same!!

    There is a saying “The less you do, the less mistake you make. When you do nothing, you make no mistake!”. For the benefit of the 70%, this is PAP.

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  • Flickshit:

    Now I know that even a fool can be called ministars, professor, or B General or whatever titles they can create.
    After all, titles are just a junk brand and anybody can wear this titles to show off to others that they are highly paid, but doesn’t means that they are highly educated.

    After all, a fool never learn and rush in as wise men says. “ ONLY fools rush in;;;;;;.

    I hope all voters will wake up from this “COVID-19” event to vote wisely and kick out all these hypocrites and fools.

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  • N.Jungne:

    So much $$$ just to look at their backside, even then . . . .

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  • Harder Truths:

    TRE Techie:
    Heard Xi’s pay only US$20k approx a year while ours 2 million wor, so you say who better who more smart and who must listen to lor. lol

    President Xi worked hard to become what he is today. The holds degrees in Chemical Engineering and Law. He could easily sit back and make much more that the dim-witted has-beens of the familee BUT he chose to serve his people instead. That is why people like him are honoured and looked-up to.

    I have a lot of respect for people like him who decide to serve the country and refuse to collect money like the familee for things they never did.

    However in $G people are loyal to the familee and consider kissing their a** a privilege – why I do not know.

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  • Chan is questionable:

    I question his ability to be the best to lead us. Cos I feel that myself is better than him cos when he made that statement on wearing mask I already knew he made a faux pas.

    And I will only demand $1million for two years salary.

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  • Use American Express:

    Chan is questionable:
    I question his ability to be the best to lead us. Cos I feel that myself is better than him cos when he made that statement on wearing mask I already knew he made a faux pas.

    And I will only demand $1million for two years salary.

    Agree. pap keechiu chan chung sing is an embarrassment. talks like a kid with 10 year series model answers. piece of shit.

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  • flexible lah:

    Better to be flexible when come to wearing of masks, even for those without symptoms.
    Let each decide for themselves, especially those that are vulnerable with lower immunity. It may be good for them.
    Pls make masks available to them easily.

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  • Non professional muted:

    Fake chickens r those who try to ya ya what they do not know but if remaining mute they feel like neglected orphan in the cold. These r the people only Republicans n Republican supporters would adored a political scum trait** to lrad their country n claim what they aren’t. No difference in nfi leadership in many countries. Sinful but self. GratiFication n self glorifIcation besides arrogant n pretentious of knowall but definitively having nfi bast**d. As the ildest civilizartion has it as a cliche.: if u kept your mouth shut, no one will think you r a dumb but if you open your mouth it is like filth flowing out from the garbage inside the nfib!
    Perhaps that is why mps,ministers, president n high office bureaucrats have to swear on oath on the head of the God presuma bly they r fearful to betray to avoid non professional trying yo act like one as many r in today world. God seems to be the first that they think can betray without consequenc!

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  • Why SG more infections?:

    Use American Express: Agree. pap keechiu chan chung sing is an embarrassment. talks like a kid with 10 year series model answers. piece of shit.

    But be impressed how quickly he trying to present himself a different way.
    But idiots won’t be able to tell. Only we intelligent people can see through these jokers.

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  • I Educate you:

    WHO ?
    Even IMF and WorldBank cannot prove any gdp although they cite GDP as if its something real.

    So, I educate you so that you can be less of a fool.

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  • TtyBlu:

    Some say Covid may make its round yearly?
    Wonder WHY SO MANY KINDS OF GERMS KEEP APPEARING.
    The VIBES ARE REALLY BAD!
    Guess TOO MUCH EVIL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD N TOO MUCH GREED?

    WEARING MASKS IS PREVENTIVE MEDICINE N SHOULD BE PRACTISED IN TIMES LIKE THIS.

    NO ENOUGH,JUST BE HONEST N SAY NO ENOUGH,WHY FIND EXCUSES?

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  • Learn from experience:

    China gov should not only close down those wildlife meat markets, they should all be burnt diwn to the ground..disinfect the areas..then frequent checks all over the country to make sure these markets are a thing of the past.
    The peasants maybe had no choice ..so the communist gov can group them to do some meaningful community work or farming..??? They need to earn to feed their families too.
    The world cannot and must not have to go thro such epidemics again n again.
    Hope China had learnt many lessons from this bad episode.
    Hope our inept SGgov learns a lesson too, that open leg policies bring many dangers as well!

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  • PewDeePui:

    WHO is bought and paid by CHINA.

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  • WHO is Political:

    PewDeePui:
    WHO is bought and paid by CHINA.

    WHO do not care about world health, it is more interested in being politically correct. Better to take WHO advisories with a pinch of salt. Countries which believe in WHO like will suffer badly in this epidemic.

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  • LK:

    Even the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) have said that wearing masks is not helpful for people who are not infected and that people should rather wash their hands.

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  • Bapak:

    Do not follow blindly, use our common senses. Once dead, USCDC can come up with 101 reasons to defend their statement. Same here for PAP. By then, you are already 6 foots under oops no, ashed. How about your family? They don’t need you anymore?

    Btw, what’s so damn wrong to wear mask ever if you are healthy? The problem is not us. Their short of mask stockpile is the problem & they are the ones who made such a big fuss over such minor issue. YDYB!

    LK:
    Even the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) have said that wearing masks is not helpful for people who are not infected and that people should rather wash their hands.

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  • A Threat to World Health:

    PewDeePui:
    WHO is bought and paid by CHINA.

    In my opinion WHO is a thread to world health.

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  • LR:

    A Threat to World Health: In my opinion WHO is a thread to world health.

    In my opinion, Linda Ronstadt is the thread to world health.

    https://youtu.be/FeZIQ-ACW4w

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  • Corona:

    Who to listen to now ?
    https://a.msn.com/r/2/BB10ljdt?m=en-sg&referrerID=InAppShare

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  • Bapak:

    Listen to your common sense. Alwats remeber, YDYB.

    Corona:
    Who to listen to now ?
    https://a.msn.com/r/2/BB10ljdt?m=en-sg&referrerID=InAppShare

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  • Listen to Your Intuition:

    If your intuition tells you to put on a mask in crowded places do so. Do not wait for some “experts” to tell you what to do. Experts told us the virus is not airborne, but now started imposing social distancing.

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  • wear Mask lah:

    Wear Mask lah.
    Better safe than sorry.It will help to reduce community spread.

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