Face coverings

Face coverings should be mandatory not advisory in public places such as shops, supermarkets and suchlike. We keep being told that wearing a face covering will not protect you from the virus but could protect others if you are the one carrying the virus. To me it’s a no brainer, protect others and they will protect you, wear a face covering in public places wear social distancing could be and IS difficult.

Why the contribution is important

To reduce the spread of the Covid 19, reduce the chances of infection and save lives.

by monobloc on May 09, 2020 at 07:22PM

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Average rating: 3.2
Based on: 24 votes


  • Posted by Easydoesit May 09, 2020 at 19:28

    If mandatory there must be public education on how to wear them. They are only likely to be effective if not touched and actually covering the mouth and nose. Seen a lot n top of the head, under the chin or only covering the mouth!
  • Posted by Lorraine10 May 09, 2020 at 19:33

    Totally agree! Face coverings should be mandatory! Stop the spread of asymptomatic carriers. Every other country that wears them have lower numbers than we do....
  • Posted by EKopinion May 09, 2020 at 19:38

    Agree......Went for essential shopping last night ....I reckon myself included there was only around 5-10% of the people in the supermarket wearing a face covering...
  • Posted by Poppy May 09, 2020 at 19:43

    Agree it should be compulsory in populated areas
  • Posted by campbe May 09, 2020 at 19:45

    I have been face covering on my one outing per week to the supermarket. The first week I went out to my local supermarket I was in trepidation. My husband has cancer and I am really scared to think about the consequences of him catching the Covud19. However, neighbours and son were doing the shopping and I was limited in terms of cooking. I decided I would shop at the local supermarket. I did the shopping the staff were marvellous, went with gloves, antiseptic wipes and sanitizer. did the shop, wiped down the car, wiped all the shopping, stripped of my clothes washed hands then into shower immediately. Felt I had taken all the precautions. the following week Nicola had advised the covering mask. Used a scarf over my head , mouth and nose. did the same as the week before and felt more protected because of the reminder of the mask/ covering. The whole experience although scary helps me using the mask as it’s a constant reminder within the supermarket that you are outside of the safe comfort zone but are taking precautions.
  • Posted by tammymac May 09, 2020 at 20:06

    Not wild about this. People often don't use the masks properly/don't change them often enough. And better quality masks should be used in care homes/hospitals/District nurses visiting/ or yes relatives caring for those critically ill. We are going to have to learn to live with the virus. Creating an environment of fear is not a good plan. Fear suppresses your immune system. Clothing that can be washed and is changed regularly is a good plan.
  • Posted by jekhartley May 09, 2020 at 21:13

    Dont agree with mandatory masks which create environment of fear and dystopian visual. I agree with tammymacs comment
  • Posted by Balderdash May 09, 2020 at 22:44

    Disagree totally. Use of face covering should be a choice given the limited effectiveness of cloth made face coverings and the fact they need to be used properly. Lots of people fiddle with them and touch their faces way more when wearing them, are less likely to stay 2m apart, wear them too long and then carry them around / discard them inappropriately. They are a nightmare for young children and those wearing glasses. There is so little evidence that they make a difference. If people want to wear them fine but don't force others
  • Posted by timk May 09, 2020 at 23:17

    We need to stop the negativity regarding surgical masks as a face covering. Not everyone has sewing skills or can choose suitable materials to make your own and there is very little supply of items outside those considered PPE. Surgical masks are easier to get hold of, no longer in restricted supply and disposable
  • Posted by carerbear May 09, 2020 at 23:52

    Agree with Tammymac
  • Posted by linzason May 10, 2020 at 08:40

    I am ambivalent about the use of face masks . for .... greater confidence to user ...possible slight reduction in spread ....useful in supermarkets Against ..... increased litters ( like the number of discarded gloves) ....problem of educating the public in the best use thereof ....problems created for asthmatics .
  • Posted by AudreyMeldrum72 May 10, 2020 at 08:57

    I also do not agree with mandatory face coverings . Observing social distancing , high quality hand hygene and coughing etiquette the most important. We do know why we have 2m dont we???? ( If not look at the science)
  • Posted by JustANumber May 10, 2020 at 10:31

    disagree - random panic response.
  • Posted by monobloc May 10, 2020 at 10:56

    It’s not a big ask for someone to cover their mouth and nose for the short period of time that they are in a supermarket or any other public place where social distancing is either difficult or not being adhered to by others. It doesn’t have to be a proper face mask, a scarf of similar would suffice. Anything we can do to reduce the spread of the virus in conjunction with other interventions will help us get out this catastrophe.
  • Posted by monobloc May 11, 2020 at 00:37

    The Scottish government have previously suggested that face coverings should be the situation when people are in public places. Now the UK government is suggesting the same. Why don’t they all get off the fence and say that it is now mandatory rather than beat about the bush?
  • Posted by Simple May 11, 2020 at 14:40

    It's so simple. Everyone wear a mask in public. How do we impede a sexually transmitted infection? Condoms. How can we impede a respiratory transmitted infection? Face masks. No-brainer. Problem is, there is so much misinformation out there now, it is hard to wind back. If the govt had been honest from the start rather than lying, there would be no debate really. You told us that masks do not help and can make things worse. This was simply because you wanted to preserve the limited supply for front-line health workers, which was valid. But you should have just said this from the start. Now, people spout so many reasons not to wear them because you opened that can of worms. Of course, there are three problems you'll need to address: 1. Proper education of the public. Admit why you said masks don't help and explain clearly why they do. It's common sense. No, masks don't offer complete protection but they do reduce it. 2. Make masks freely available for everyone. Not home-made cotton masks, but proper effective masks. The money would be well spent in the long run as the economy picks up because people can be out much more safely. Money better spent than on bail-outs for corporations. 3. This is the hardest one - tackle the British need to be 'cool'. We're too embarrassed to wear masks cos we're British. Make it cool! If everone starts wearing them, it will no longer be cool not to. I had a conversation with an 8-year-old child about this. I asked her the best way to tackle a respiratory infection. She looked at me with wide eyes and laughed. She said "Let's all wear a face mask!" Out of the mouth of babes.
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