Why some countries wear face masks and others don't
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Due to the pandemic scare, many countries have enforced measures like social distancing, closure of transport options to decrease mobility and stay-at-home orders. These policies come in the shape of humble requests, advice or strict orders.
Some countries are embracing masks, but others are shunning them. This can be due to different government directives and medical advice, but strangely enough, also due to the unique cultures and history.
The Official WHO policy until recently on masks was that they are to be worn by those who are sick and those who are taking care of the sick (doctors and nurses) or are at potential hazardous zones (like airports).
Experts suggest that a mask is not reliable protection while stressing on frequent hand washing.
Due to a shortage of masks, people are reusing them, or buying used ones from the black market, or making homemade ones, which are essentially useless.
Strangely enough, wearing a mask also results in being discriminated in many Asian countries, and cases of racism in the west.
To get an idea of just how worrying this new virus is, and how important it is to be protected, note that according to a report in a Chinese newspaper, thousands if not millions of people are potentially infected with this virus, and are infecting others, without showing any outward symptoms.
These undocumented cases, with mild or no symptoms, were significantly contagious and could be responsible for nearly 80% of the cases.
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