Face masks

I will consider wearing a face mask when I see Nicola Sturgeon and others at the daily briefings wearing them.

Why the contribution is important

If a rule, for example, wearing face masks is so important., why do we not see those making the rules wearing them?

by harviej on May 05, 2020 at 04:47PM

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  • Posted by Finlaycassie May 05, 2020 at 18:14

    - The breifings aren't taking place inside a supermarket. - The first minister and her colleagues will likely have better access to testing than the general public and there have been no reports (as far as I'm aware) that any of her team are showing any symptoms. - She's addressing the nation, doing so through a mask may effect the audio quality - Hard of hearing people may use lip reading to work out what she is saying, with messages like these that are vital to public health it is vitally important that the first minister can be heard clearly.
  • Posted by Mdunn19 May 05, 2020 at 18:20

    I would like face masks, not medical grade but simple cotton ones to be made available to the public. I am happy to but or make one but I know that many of the young people I teach come from families who will not be able to do so. They should be given these before any return to school is considered.
  • Posted by Colette May 05, 2020 at 19:01

    We need to ensure face masks and other PPE are on the front line. I’m happy to wear a covering in supermarkets etc, but don’t see the point when outdoors
  • Posted by HelenO May 05, 2020 at 19:16

    Very mixed messages coming from FM and team. On one hand "recommending" they should be worn in public places and in the next breath saying there's not much scientific evidence to support wearing them. I always wear one in the supermarket but I've noticed since the FM made the recommendation that LESS people seem to be wearing them. Clearer guidance obviously needed on this issue. I think they should be mandatory on public transport.
  • Posted by jenny333 May 05, 2020 at 21:39

    I have also noticed less people wearing them. However, any discussion on the use of face masks should look at any research that has been done. I have looked at some, and there are no clear answers. It mainly depends on the type of mask you wear.
  • Posted by JMack May 06, 2020 at 21:14

    I know that the benefits of face coverings/masks are disputed, but they are increasingly being used by countries coming out of lockdown in Europe, and their use is already prevalent in Asia. I believe that, to be effective in mitigating the spread of droplets from sneezes, coughs and breaths, their use in a population needs to be more or less universal. So, I would urge that the current recommendation to consider wearing a face covering in potentially crowded or busy situations like shops and public transport should be toughened up to mandatory status, with the customary range of enforcement provisions. Why the contribution is important I think that the wearing of face coverings/masks in appropriate situations is important because: 1. It is beneficial in preventing the spread of the virus. 2. It will publicly and visibly reinforce community commitment to a disciplined approach to emerging from the crisis. 3. It will be acknowledged by the our neighbours in Europe and the wider World as a reassurance that we are taking the threats of a "second wave" seriously and responsibly.
  • Posted by jenny333 May 07, 2020 at 14:45

    If there were cheap easily available masks that filtered the virus in your breath, then I am 100% sure Nicolas Sturgeon would wear one. Only expensive medical masks do this, (99%), and they are needed for the NHS.
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