An Image that looks like an official World Health Organization (WHO) publication highlighting scientific research has been shared on social media in an attempt to prove the global health body does not recommend mask-wearing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Claim 1: There is no direct evidence “on the effectiveness of universal masking (from studies on COVID-19 and in healthy people in the community).”
Claim 2: “Health care workers using cotton cloth masks were at an increased risk of influenza-like illness compared with those who wore medical masks.”
Claim 3: Wearing a mask may provide the general public a “false sense of security, leading to lower adherence to other critical preventative measures.”
Claim 4: “A recent study of 455 individuals showed that asymptomatic people are not causing infectivity.”
Verdict:- Fake News
Explanation:- WHO & all medical organisations across the world recommend the use of masks.
Advice on the use of masks in the context of COVID-19 can be found here.