Tune in Tuesday Episode 2
Tune in Tuesday Episode 2
Welcome back to Tune in Tuesday Episode 2 with Orlagh Tracey. This week we discuss if facemasks should become law or are we being over precautious?
This week we address today’s breaking news topic; new enforcement announced by the government. The UK government have stated that from 24th July it is compulsory to wear a facemask or covering in all shops.
Within the UK, wearing masks or coverings is already mandatory on public transport; however, this is now expanding. Enforcing compulsory covers is similar to other countries, including Scotland, Spain, Italy and Germany. Other countries have already made this new rule. Currently, the government advises people to wear a face mask in public spaces and have done since May. The Office for National Statistics assessed the use of face coverings in public areas. They found that within the first week of July, over half of adults already used a face-covering outside their home.
Are face masks effective?
Previously the government’s guidance on face masks and coverings stated that they deliver a “great deal of value” when preventing the spread of Coronavirus. The UK government also suggested that the use of a facemask was not effective at protecting you from the virus. However, if you are infected with COVID-19 and not currently displaying symptoms, then wearing a mask may offer some protection to those around you.
Despite previous government suggestions, Cambridge university has conducted a study assessing how effective masks are. They found that covers, including homemade masks, can reduce transmission of coronavirus particles. As a result, this could even help prevent a second wave.
An international report published by The Lancet analysed data from 172 studies in 16 countries. The data found that there is just a 3% chance of catching COVID-19 when wearing a face mask.
Other studies conducted found that any face masks reduce the distance travelled by exhaled breath by at least 90%. Tested Face coverings ranged from homemade covers to N95 3M Respirator Mask and other face masks with filters.
However, despite the apparent effectiveness of face masks, the world health organisation has confirmed that the use of only facemasks will not protect you from Coronavirus.
Should I wear a face mask?
What will happen if I don’t wear a face mask?
The new enforcement carried out by shop owners, and police will require everyone to possess a mask when they’re inside a shop. Ignoring the implementation and failing to wear a face-covering will result in a fine. Fines can rise to £100 or £50 if paid within 14 days. £100 is a hefty fine compared to the retail price of many face masks. Some people are exempt from wearing face-coverings such as children under the age of 11 and those with specific disabilities.
Where can I get a face mask?
Our sister company Mustang Printing produces bespoke reusable face masks in many designs. Including a range of face coverings with your favourite football team! They are currently offering 5 for only £39.00 per unit.
What face mask to buy in the UK?
Many masks are effective at reducing the spread of Coronavirus, although some covers are more effective than others. Officials recommend using a mask with more than two layers or a face mask with filters to guarantee adequate protection. Face masks with filters can trap 99.97% of 0.3 microns particles as well as larger particles. These masks can reduce the chance of you contacting Coronavirus more than a single layer mask.
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