No More Masks? China Health Commission Publishes New Guidelines

By That's GBA, March 19, 2020

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Excellent news for folks who are tired of wearing masks – you don’t need to wear them (in some places)!

China’s National Health Commission (NHC) published a guide on their official website on Wednesday that recommends where and when to put on a mask. According to the guide, if you’re outdoors in uncrowded places with good air flow, it’s recommended that you don’t need to wear a mask. (You don’t have to tell us twice.) 

As for public transit, malls, restaurants, bars, offices, office-themed bars and other crowded places, China’s health experts recommend carrying a mask with you – putting it on if you get within 1-meter of another individual. So, if you can manage to keep more than a meter’s length apart from others, you’re good! However, if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, tiredness, dificulty breathing, etc.), the NHC recommends wearing a single-use or surgical mask.

READ MORE: 7 Stats Behind China's Massive Mask Market

In high risk areas, the commission says workers should wear medical masks or KN95/N95 masks, while others can wear single-use masks.

The announcement comes at a good time as there is a global shortage of masks. In early March, the US granted China tariff exemptions for masks and other medical products due to a lack of supply around the world. 

Alibaba cofounder Jack Ma recently committed to donating six million masks as well as testing kits and hazmat suits to African nations through his foundation. Ma has also shipped medical supplies to Europe and last week announced plans to send one million masks to the US. In a statement posted on Twitter, Ma said:

“Drawing from my own country’s experience, speedy and accurate testing and adequate personal protective equipment for medical professionals are the most effective in preventing the spread of the virus.” 

Basically, Jack Ma is the man.

It’s important to note that COVID-19 is by no means defeated even in China, and we encourage our readers to continue their efforts to stay healthy and safe.

INFOGRAPHIC: How Effective Are Face Masks Against Coronavirus?

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