I think I have seen that there will be exceptions, and asthma sufferers will be within that. However, how many people with asthma will be denied travel, because they are not wearing a face covering? Also, it doesn't have to be a mask. As long as your mouth and nose are covered, it can be a scarf etc
Never too late! Around the end of February when the talk about Covid19 started to get more frequent I bought a pack of N95 masks. As it became more serious I took the decision to self isolate. I never believed what we were being fed about masks being ineffective, as far as I'm concerned any face covering is better than nothing. I have underlying conditions that would make it very serious for me to catch Covid. The only time I've left my home in over three months is for my monthly eye injection, and that's when I've worn mask and latex gloves that I already had for food preparation. I've always believed that our being told not to wear masks was to reserve stocks for the NHS, agree with that but since when did the NHSnhs get their equipment from Amazon or EBay? Our government has dragged its feet on many issues to do with Covid. Allowing planes loads of people in from all corners of the earth for instance. I could go on but it's time for my Tai Chi class on Zoom.
Compulsory in two weeks as people need to source them. Found it strange that supermarket staff don't wear them, OK we know that they get uncomfortable, steam up glasses etc. They said some people with medical conditions will be exempted. Abroad they even wear them outdoors!
Again something which has had conflicting advice. From all I’ve read face masks are best at stopping a person from spreading the virus rather than from receiving it. But if we all wore them it would work in that case. However the ones the public are wearing are not as good as the ones used in icu’s. I have seen plastic visors covering the whole face which seem like a good idea to wear over a face mask for increased protection.
I have been wearing a mask in the supermarket for some weeks now. Not sure of its benefit - I would not be going if I had any sort of cold, etc. Wear one as I feel it may reassure some other shoppers there at the same time as me.
However, do think masks are very anti-social. Cannot smile at anyone and know it is impossible to lip-read with them on, and do wonder how asthma (and hay fever) sufferers cope with them.
I have looked to purchasing one of those clear face visors o use instead of masks. Not too expensive on line and they are washable, etc. Just wondered if anyone would know if these would count as acceptable anywhere that says masks MUST be worn.
The problem with masks causing steamed-up glasses can be prevented by putting a bit of soft plastic wire into the top edge of the mask, covering the nose and extendingan inch or more across each cheek. You can bend the wire to hold the fabric closer to your face so that your breath doesn't rise up . The ones I bought have this in them, and are very comfortable to wear.
Nobody has stopped anyone wearing a facecovering. Anyone could have worn one right from the beginning. It was the responsibility of individuals not the government telling them to do it. It seems that people are unable to take responsibility for their own safety. Nobody expects someone to hold their hand crossing the road after all.
I agree with wearing them. Just means we lip readers will have a harder time - but a small price to pay and may lead to some hilarious or embarrassing conversations!! And they don't steam up glasses if worn properly (ex RN)
We’ve had to wear masks here in Malta for weeks now when shopping in any kind of store or going into offices, clinics, hairdressers, etc. If you don’t wear it, you don’t go in. Some places take your temperature as well, and all ask you to sanitize your hands with sanitizer that the shop provides.
In the heat it is very uncomfortable but it’s the law so we just have to abide by it and hope it helps stop the spread.
The advice is they can do more harm then good, as they create a feeling of safety, which they do not provide. People pull them on and off and wear them as headbands and all sorts. If you've touched a surface then touch your mask you have more risk of getting infected then if you don't wear one. It creates a false sense of security, and the only people they may protect are other people not the wearer, who is probably at more harm wearing one then not
My son’s usual occupation is sportswear design.He has diverted to face masks.Website gives all the details.I have two pretty ones which I wear to my local shop when I but milk and a paper. I would certainly wear on public transport. Www.fxg_masks.co.uk
Why is it always the cart before the horse ? A bit late in the day to be having this now isn't it ? There now won't be any masks to be had, so I'll wrap a thin scarf around my nose and mouth-------if I go out anywhere, though no buses for me until they're all steam-cleaned and disinfected and even then I'll think twice.