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Does a face mask protect against Coronavirus?

Rightly so, everybody is trying to protect themselves and others from Coronavirus – what part do a masks play?

The World Health Organization recognise that masks have a part to play in protecting against Coronavirus COVID-19 but only when used in a combination with good hand hygiene and other protective measures. 

There is little evidence to suggest that a healthy person wearing a face mask day-to-day will protect them against the virus. On the contrary, it may actually increase the risk of infection. 

When walking around in open spaces, there is little risk of infection because the virus doesn’t linger airborne. So wearing a mask at all times is not very effective or necessary because it’s not protecting the wearer against anything in particular. 

In fact, it is actually increasing the chances of infection because, in order to out the mask on, the wearer has to touch their face or at least put their hands near to their face. A person is much more likely to be carrying the virus on their hands than to come into contact with the virus lingering airborne. 

Face masks would be useful however if you are in close contact with somebody who might be infected. In this case, you want to avoid the chance of inhaling infected droplets so wearing a mask would help to do that. Examples of this might be carers, nurses or family members looking after an infected person.

Masks are useful when worn by those who are infected. By wearing a mask they will reduce the likelihood that infected droplets will spread far enough to affect others.

In both cases, knowing how to wear a mask properly will greatly increase effectiveness.

To correctly wear a mask you must:

  • Clean your hands with soap and water or high-alcohol hand sanitiser.
  • Cover mouth and nose with the mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
  • Avoid touching the mask while wearing it.
  • Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.
  • To remove the mask, remove it from behind. Do not touch the front of mask.
  • Discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

Read more guidance from the World Health Organisation on masks here.

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