With advice from the Scottish Government that citizens should wear face coverings in some situations we give information on the benefits of masks in the community.
We have reproduced below an extract from the World Health Organisation document ‘Advice on the use of masks in the context of COVID-19‘
- There is limited evidence that wearing of masks by people who have Covid-19 asymptomatically may prevent them spreading the virus to others.
- There is no evidence that wearing a mask (whether medical or other types) by healthy persons in the wider community setting, can prevent them from infection with COVID-19.
- The use of medical masks in the community may create a false sense of security, leading to potentially less adherence to proven preventive measures such as physical distancing and hand hygiene.
- For any type of mask, appropriate use and disposal are essential to ensure that they are effective and to avoid any increase in transmission.
- Medical masks should be reserved for health care workers.