Reuters: WHO urges travelers to wear masks as new COVID variant spreads


The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging travelers to wear masks as a new variant of COVID-19 has been spreading rapidly. The WHO is recommending that individuals wear masks in public spaces, practice physical distancing, and follow other public health measures to help slow the spread of the virus. The XBB.1.5 subvariant, which is the most transmissible Omicron subvariant detected so far, accounted for 27.6% of COVID-19 cases in the United States for the week ended Jan. 7. The WHO also recommends that countries consider implementing pre-departure testing and other travel measures in a non-discriminatory manner. The full article by By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber and Natalie Grover can be read here on Reuters. For more information on COVID-19 click here

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