OTHER LANGUAGESأقنعة الوجه خلال جائحة فيروس كورونا 2019-20 Arabic Port du masque pendant la pandémie de Covid-19 French Arcmaszkok a Covid19-világjárvány idején Hungarian Masker dalam pandemi COVID-19 ID Pelitup muka semasa pandemik COVID-19 Malay Mond-neusbescherming tijdens de coronapandemie Dutch Munnbeskyttelse under koronaviruspandemien NB Maske a sefahleho nakong ea seoa sa "coronavirus" sa 2019-20 Sesotho Munskydd under coronaviruspandemin 2019–2021 Swedish Anim akatasoɔ wo COVID19 mmere mu Twi
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, face masks, such as surgical masks and cloth masks, have been employed as a public and personal health control measure against the spread of SARS-CoV-2. In both community and healthcare settings, their use is intended as source control to limit transmission of the virus and personal protection to prevent infection. Their function for source control is emphasized in community settings.
The use of face masks (or coverings in some cases) has been recommended by health professionals and political authorities to reduce the risk of contagion. About 95% of the world's population live in countries that recommend or mandate the use of masks in public during the pandemic.Despite this, only around 63% of people surveyed globally reported wearing a mask, and this figure is likely higher than the actual number, as uncounted rural populations tend not to wear masks.
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