Doctors and the authorities have changed their view on who should be wearing face masks as protection against the novel coronavirus due to its highly contagious nature as well as cases of asymptomatic carriers, say Turkish experts.

At first, they were saying that only patients who have symptoms of COVID-19 should wear a mask to avoid spreading the virus to others, but they have since changed their stance and now advise everyone to wear a mask outdoors.

Recent studies show that many people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic carriers who show no symptoms but are unknowingly spreading the virus, and

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