Wear Masks to protect ourselves and others

I think that we should get out and about whilst maintaining social distancing measures but also wear masks. Here is an intelligent reason for wearing masks. It's not just about protecting ourselves as we know it does not do a very good job of that. It's about more than that. https://medium.com/the-atlantic/the-real-reason-to-wear-a-mask-e6405abbc484.

Why the contribution is important

It helps us protect others and the spread of the virus as a result. Countries who wear masks have been able to drastically lower their infections. It's just one simple thing that we can all do.

by Feriface on May 11, 2020 at 01:47PM

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  • Posted by Stargazer1960 May 11, 2020 at 13:59

    I would like to see free washable face coverings available to everyone. The volunteer network of sewers has been doing a great job with scrubs, gowns, scrub bags and now gowns, perhaps gearing this up would help ensure that everyone has access to a comfortable, reliable face covering and therefore not have a reason not to wear one.
  • Posted by JMack May 11, 2020 at 14:09

    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 Zaffarella May 11, 2020 at 14:39

    When the First Minister announced this "advice" it was heavily caveated; as indeed it should have been. The WHO position remains that the use of face masks is not recommended (other than in a medical context) - amongst the reasons cited is that people are likely to adjust these and will then run the risk of contamination.
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