Do Face Masks Provide Protection against COVID-19?

The Government’s Verdict

Despite the outcry by the public, the government in the UK, the Department of Health, and the Public Health England (PHE) are set against the use of masks by the general public. This is despite the fact that other nations such as the US, Spain, and Germany have now all advised their people to wear face masks in public.

Why Wearing a Mask Can Help

Did you know that a significant number of people with coronavirus are asymptomatic, i.e., they exhibit no symptoms of the virus? Meanwhile, those who do exhibit the symptoms can transmit the virus to those around them before the symptoms appear. This means that you can essentially contract COVID-19 if an infected person sneezes or coughs and the resulting respiratory droplets land in your mouth, eyes or nose.

This is why many countries such as the US, Spain, and Germany have advised their people to start wearing cloth face masks whenever they have to step out of their house. This prerequisite is especially recommended when people can’t practice effective social distancing, for instance, in pharmacies or grocery stores.

However, this recommendation doesn’t mean that you start stocking up on surgical or N95 masks; you need to wear cloth masks instead. This is because the surgical and N95 masks are critical supplies for healthcare professionals and first responders. These are people who are on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19.