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'Divided opinion': Sweden REFUSES to recommend mask-wearing as Nobel institution insists it's important against Covid-19

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Sweden's senior medical official has argued the data on the effectiveness of mask-wearing amid the Covid-19 pandemic is thus far inconclusive. The country's academy of sciences, meanwhile, says the opposite is true.
"The use of masks is a controversial issue. The state of knowledge on this is uncertain," Karin Tegmark Wisell, who leads the microbiology department at the state-run Public Health Agency of Sweden, told reporters on Thursday.

"In Sweden, we aim to use social distancing as the number one tool. We don't see that we are at a point where we might recommend using masks on public transport."

"Masks shouldn't be used as an excuse not to keep a distance," Wisell said. She reiterated that there was "divided opinion" on when mask-wearing would be effective, adding that the government will continue to "actively" monitor new and relevant data.

At the same time, the official admitted the situation was "very serious," as the government was seeing the "consequences" of the recent spike in cases for the healthcare system.

Wisell's tone on masks is in contrast with recommendations by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which were also published on Thursday. The…
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