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COVID-19 Education for African Students

4. Why should I wear a mask?

Masks are strongly recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other organisations as:

  • there is evidence from laboratory studies and from real world studies that masks are effective in reducing the transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19
  • reusable cloth face masks are widely available
  • the risks from transmission via contaminated masks are much less than the spread via breathing, coughing and talking
  • people want to wear masks because it helps them to protect the people they care for and the people who care for them.

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