Face Coverings

Published: 22 July 2020

NHS Facemask posterWe're hearing a lot about face coverings and the requirement to wear them, on public transport for example, and in other enclosed spaces where social distancing is difficult and you're likely to come into contact with other people.

From Friday 24 July that includes shops and supermarkets.

You can buy them. You can make them. You could also wear a scarf, bandana, or a religious garment. The important thing is, it's got to fit securely around the side of the face, and cover the nose and mouth.

They're actually more intended to protect others, not the wearer, against the spread of infection. It's because the virus can spread by droplets from coughs, sneezes and speaking. Those droplets can be picked up on surfaces. That's why social distancing, and regular hand hygiene is so very important. And covering any coughs and sneezes of course with a tissue and disposing of it properly.

It's the combination of these three measures that helps stop the spread of coronavirus:

Keep your distance, as per social distancing
Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly
Wear a face covering, that fits over your nose and mouth
And those symptoms again. If you have any of these - a new continuous cough; a high temperature; or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste, then you must arrange to have a test and self isolate until you get your results.