The World Health Organisation, WHO has dropped a shocker to people wearing masks as protection against coronavirus.
It said masks do not offer protection against coronavirus.
In its latest update about the virus which has sickened over 750,000 people worldwide and killed 38,000, WHO said emphatically that people who are healthy should not wear masks.
It warns that masks used improperly can be a source of infection.
“If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected 2019-nCoV infection.
“Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
“Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
“If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly.