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Should I wear a face covering?
Posted on 10 Jul 2020
Wearing a face covering may reduce the risk of spreading infection by protecting people you come into contact with. Face coverings do not replace social distancing or handwashing.
If you can, you’re encouraged to wear a face covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing isn’t possible or when you come into contact with people you do not normally meet. In some of the nations, wearing face coverings is now mandatory. For example, on public transport in England and Scotland. In all 4 nations, you must now wear a face covering when seeing a health care professional – for example, in a GP surgery or hospital. The surgery or hospital will provide a mask if you don’t have one and can wear one.
But if you have a lung condition that makes you breathless and find wearing a face covering makes you feel too breathless, the governments in all nations have said you don’t have to wear one, whatever the situation.
For further information please visit the British Lung Foundation website.