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By Prince Golez

A World Health Organization (WHO) representative to the Philippines does not mind the use of do-it-yourself (DIY) face masks amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19).

In a televised Laging Handa public briefing, Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe lamented that health care workers are facing shortages of face masks and protective suits as Covid-19 fears grow.

“Any protection will be better than no protection,” according to Abeyasinghe.

While DIY masks are “not 100 protective,” the WHO official said that they provide “some degree of protection.”

Meanwhile, Abeyasinghe called on the private sector to help with efforts to ensure frontline health-care workers treating Covid-19 patients have proper personal protective equipment to protect themselves and prevent transmission.

“In meantime, it is unfortunate but people have to adapt and do use do-it-yourself kits. The WHO does not encourage this, but this is a stop-gap measure as we address the global shortage,” he concluded.

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