İrem UZUN -TDO- The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged Europeans to wear masks during family gatherings at Christmas. It said Europe was at "high risk" of a new wave of coronavirus infections in the early part of 2021, as transmission of the virus remained high.
The UN agency said people should not underestimate "the importance of your decisions" and encouraged extra precaution for holiday gatherings, even within the family. If possible, the WHO said celebrations should be held outdoors and "participants should wear masks and maintain physical distancing." For indoor festivities, the WHO said limiting the number of guests and ensuring good ventilation were key to reducing the risk of infection. "It may feel awkward to wear masks and practice physical distancing when around friends and family, but doing so contributes significantly to ensuring that everyone remains safe and healthy," the health agency said in a statement.
The global health body added "Individual decisions this winter holiday won’t just affect you and the people closest to you – they will also impact your communities. "Do not underestimate the importance of your decisions and your power – as an individual, a family or a community – to influence what happens next in this pandemic."