Surgical masks have been in demand across the world, with shortages and price inflation common. Photo: EPA-EFE Surgical masks have been in demand across the world, with shortages and price inflation common. Photo: EPA-EFE
Surgical masks have been in demand across the world, with shortages and price inflation common. Photo: EPA-EFE

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Surgical masks protect more from germs on fingers than viruses in the air, experts say after panic buying

  • Learning more about the deadly outbreak informs who should wear which type of mask, and how
  • Demand for masks is up to 100 times higher than usual, with prices up to 20 times higher and backlogs of four to six months, WHO director general says

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
Surgical masks have been in demand across the world, with shortages and price inflation common. Photo: EPA-EFE Surgical masks have been in demand across the world, with shortages and price inflation common. Photo: EPA-EFE
Surgical masks have been in demand across the world, with shortages and price inflation common. Photo: EPA-EFE
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