IFRC guidance on the generalised use of cloth face masks on COVID-19

The use of medical masks, respirators, and other face coverings is a widely discussed intervention in the response to COVID-19. There is no strong evidence either in favor of or against the widescale use of masks by members of the general public.
WHO’s recommendation is that medical personal protective equipment (PPE) such as medical masks and respirators should be reserved for two categories of people: 1) people involved in the care of suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases, and 2) people who are suspected of or confirmed to have COVID-19.

Guidance is available in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Portuguese (1), Portuguese (2), and Russian.

Are you sure you want to delete this "resource"?
This item will be deleted immediately. You cannot undo this action.

Related Resources

Guidance material
10 Aug 2020
This document provides interim guidance on the management of the blood supply in response to the pandemic outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). It is intended for blood services, national health authorities, and others responsible for the provi...
Tags: Guidance material, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Guidance material
30 Jul 2014
USAID CIDI’s Guidelines for Effective Giving
Tags: Guidance material, PAPE
Guidance material
10 Feb 2015
Guidelines for community mobilization programming developed by the American Red Cross. The guidelines were developed based on the results of a knowledge audit conducted with the American Red Cross Internal Services Department team with regional p...
Tags: Guidance material, Behavior Change, Capacity Building for Disaster Risk Management, PAPE, Resilience