Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, the advice from the World Health Organisation has been only two types of people should wear face masks: those who are sick and show symptoms, and those who are caring for people who are suspected to have the coronavirus
As the spread of Coronavirus continues, many are looking to ways in which to protect from themselves from catching the disease. There have been many photos in the news of individuals wearing face masks when they are outside; but how effective are they?
Tiny viral particles can transmit through some masks and there are other ways the virus can get into the body; for example through the eyes.
If you are likely to be in close contact with someone then a mask will be effective in capturing the droplets and an improved protection that not wearing a mask at all. Wearing of masks should be used in combination with good and frequent hand washing techniques and social distancing.
Clean hands must be used to place on and remove the masks, and masks should be disposed off safely.
To make a mask more effective it should be Face fit tested to the individual. Tight fitting respirators such as disposable FFP3 masks reply on having a good seal to the users face.
The HSE provides guidance on extra precautions to take when face fit testing to protect from COVID-19 https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/face-mask-ppe-rpe-coronavirus.htm