Fact check: No, there is no ‘official’ COVID-19 mask released to the public

Fact check: No, there is no ‘official’ COVID-19 mask released to the public

- A social media post has claimed that there was an “official” mask released to prevent the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19)

- The video said that regular surgical masks are not effective and that the doctors recommend masks with carbon filter

- However, it has been reported that the claim was false and just misleading the public

- The mask featured in the video is supposed to be used to combat air pollution

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An online post has claimed that there was an “official” mask released to combat the deadly Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

However, KAMI learned that the claim was false and there was no “official” mask.

In a report by Rappler, a certain Facebook page called Public Advisory posted a video about the supposed “official” mask for the COVID-19.

"The official NCOV Face Mask was released! Do you love your Family?! Get one for them,” it read in the caption.

The post mentioned that the regular surgical masks are not effective to prevent COVID-19. It was also said in the video that doctors recommend masks with a carbon filter that can block viruses and bacteria.

You may check the post here:

Fact check: No, there is no ‘official’ COVID-19 mask released to the public

Screenshot from Rappler
Source: Facebook

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Meanwhile, Rappler also reported that the claim in the video was false. The face mask featured was the Monata reusable dust pollution mask that can be used for house cleaning, gardening, woodworking, and other outdoor activities.

The World Health Organization (WHO) did not make an announcement regarding the release of an “official” mask.

Rappler did a reverse image search and discovered that the product was displayed on the BioEstics page being sold on Amazon and Walmart.

The COVID-19 was first reported in Wuhan, China. There have been over 81,700 confirmed cases in every continent except Antarctica.

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