Should you wear a mask on flights? WHO issues new recommendations as COVID variant spreads

The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging passengers wear masks on long haul flights.

The recommendation, made on Tuesday, follows the rapid spread of the latest Omicron subvariant of COVID-19 in the US.

In Europe, the XBB.1.5 subvariant has been detected in small but growing numbers, WHO and Europe officials said at a press briefing.

Passengers should be advised to wear masks in high-risk settings such as long haul flights, said the WHO’s senior emergency officer for Europe, Catherine Smallwood.

“This should be a recommendation issued to passengers arriving from anywhere where there is widespread COVID-19 transmission,” she added.

How widespread is the new Omicron subvariant?

XBB.1.5 – the most transmissible Omicron subvariant detected so far – accounted

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