All members of a household should wear a medical face mask if someone is self-isolating at home and unable to stay alone in a room, according to the World Health Organization.
Ideally, if you need to isolate, you should separate yourself in your own bedroom with its own bathroom.
However, if you are unable to do so, you should “try to keep your distance from your family members as best you can. Make sure that in the household you’re wearing masks.”
Face masks have been used as an important tool in the global fight against COVID-19, but they can’t beat the virus on their own, warned the WHO’s Michael Ryan.
He urged people to continue to adhere to social distancing, regardless of whether they are wearing a face mask or not.
He added, “It completely defeats the purpose [of wearing a face mask] if you close the physical distance. And I’ve had [the experience] very recently – someone wearing a mask … came to give me a hug and I said, ‘no.’”