Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Are cloth face masks likely to provide protection against COVID-19?

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Are cloth face masks likely to provide protection against COVID-19?

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Publication date: 
24 July 2020
Publication type: 
Fact sheet
Intended audience: 
General public
Description: 

This response by the Infection Control Expert Group (ICEG) addresses questions about how effective cloth masks are in protecting the wearer from infection from COVID-19.

It includes:

  • assumptions
  • recommendations
  • efficacy of cloth masks to prevent respiratory viral infections
  • statements from international organisations such as the World Health Organization and international centres for disease control