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Countries Learn to Love Face Masks in Struggle to Contain Virus

  • The use of masks by healthy people has been questioned
  • Indonesia, other governments move to make them mandatory
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WHO's Ryan Says Using Homemade Face Masks Isn't a Bad Idea
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The big debate over whether face masks can help contain the spread of Covid-19 is shifting quickly, with more countries requiring citizens to cover their faces in public.

Indonesia, one of the world’s most populous countries with 264 million people, on Monday ordered citizens to wear face masks when they leave the house after predicting as many as 95,000 people could be infected. President Joko Widodo said authorities must ensure every household has face masks and that commuters won’t be able to access public transportation without them.