Did the WHO just recommend PERMANENT face masking to combat COVID-19?!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : WHO Recommends Permanent Face Masking!
People are sharing a Substack article called “WHO Unbelievably Recommends Permanent Masking, While New Study Confirms Vaccine Mandates Were Useless” with comments like these:
Steve Kirsch : In a remarkable feat of anti-science commitment, the WHO recently reaffirmed that it will join the CDC in reaffirming its absolute dedication to universal mask wearing to stop the spread of COVID. You can’t make this stuff up… you really can’t.
The WHO and the CDC now joining forces to mandate mask wearing. 🤡🌎
Despite Years of Failure, WHO Unbelievably Recommends Permanent Masking, While New Study Confirms Vaccine Mandates Were Useless
The W.H.O. & C.D.C move on mask mandates, regardless of science, days before the Biden Administration plans to hand over our nation’s sovereignty to the W.H.O. on the 27th?
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Truth : WHO Did Not Recommend Permanent Face Masking!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Article Offered No Evidence Of WHO Face Mask Mandate
The claim that the WHO has recommended the permanent use of face mask is based on a single Substack article by Ian Miller, specifically these parts.
Experts got vaccine mandates horribly wrong, while the WHO demands permanent masking in defiance of scientific evidence.
In a remarkable feat of anti-science commitment the World Health Organization recently reaffirmed that it will join the CDC in reaffirming its absolute dedication to universal mask wearing to stop the spread of COVID.
It would be remarkable if it’s true, but the writer did not actually offer any evidence to back up that claim.
Fact #2 : WHO Only Recommends Using Face Mask In Specific Situations
The article likely refers to a 13 January 2023 update by the WHO on its face mask wearing guidelines.
WHO has not changed its recommendation that the public should still continue to use a face mask in specific situations:
- a recent exposure to COVID-19
- when you have COVID-19
- when you suspect you may have COVID-19
- when you are at high-risk of severe COVID-19
- if you are in a crowded, enclosed, or poorly-ventilated space
So the claim that the WHO is demanding / recommending the permanent use of face mask, or a face mask all the time, is nonsense.
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Fact #3 : WHO Only Changed Previous Advice On Epidemiological Situation
The only change WHO made was to recommend the use of a face mask in the situations above, regardless of the epidemiological situation – whether there is significant COVID-19 spread at the time and place, or not.
The WHO made the slight change in its face mask recommendation due to the “current spread of COVID-19 globally”. As COVID-19 is now widespread globally, it no longer makes sense to make those face mask recommendations based on the epidemiological situation.
WHO continues to recommend the use of masks by the public in specific situations, and this update recommends their use irrespective of the local epidemiological situation, given the current spread of the COVID-19 globally.
Masks are recommended following a recent exposure to COVID-19, when someone has or suspects they have COVID-19, when someone is at high-risk of severe COVID-19, and for anyone in a crowded, enclosed, or poorly ventilated space. Previously, WHO recommendations were based on the epidemiological situation.
Fact #4 : WHO Guidelines Are Not Mandatory
The claims that the WHO is “demanding” the use of a face mask is nonsense.
These WHO guidelines and recommendations are not mandatory for any person or country to adopt.
Fact #5 : WHO Cannot Supersede National Sovereignty
The claims that countries are handing over their sovereignty to the WHO to implement such face mask / vaccine mandates is nonsense.
The Charter of the United Nations guarantees the sovereign right to determine and manage their approach to public health. This was specifically pointed out in the zero draft of a proposed WHO agreement on preparing for future pandemics:
3. Sovereignty – States have, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and the principles of international law, the sovereign right to determine and manage their approach to public health, notably pandemic prevention, preparedness, response and recovery of health systems, pursuant to their own policies and legislation, provided that activities within their jurisdiction or control do not cause damage to their peoples and other countries. Sovereignty also covers the rights of States over their biological resources.
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