Coronavirus: Why some countries wear face masks and others don’t

Step outside without a face mask in Hong Kong and you’ll get looks. That’s not true elsewhere. Why? Step outside your door without a face mask in Hong Kong, Seoul or Tokyo these days, and you may well get a disapproving look. Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak some places have fully embraced wearing face masks, and anyone caught without one risks becoming a social pariah. But in many other parts of the world, from the UK and the US to Sydney and Singapore, it’s still perfectly acceptable to walk around bare-faced. Why some countries embrace masks while others shun them is not just about government directives and medical advice – it’s also about culture and history. But as this pandemic worsens, will this change? The official word on face masks Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, the official advice from the World Health Organization has been clear. Only two types of people should wear masks: those who are sick and show symptoms, and those who are caring for people who are suspected to have the coronavirus.  Nobody else needs to wear a mask, and there are several reasons for that. One is that a mask is not… Read full this story

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