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.
Wearing face coverings is mandatory in some situations. For example, it will be required to be worn in shops from 24th July in England. You must also now wear a face covering when seeing a health care professional – for example, in a GP surgery or hospital.
What if I have a lung condition?
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.
It’s a good idea to try wearing a face covering at home – if it feels fine, then you can wear it and it won’t harm you. It might not feel comfortable straight away, so it’s worth wearing one for short intervals around the house to try and get used to wearing one.
If you feel comfortable wearing a mask, please do not use a mask designed for clinical use. The NHS needs these supplies. We don’t recommend a particular type of face covering for people with lung conditions, so it’s worth trying out different coverings that cover your mouth and nose to find one that’s best for you. Read how to make your own cloth face covering. Make sure you wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off. Cloth coverings should be washed after every use and disposable masks disposed of responsibly.
Will I be fined for not wearing a face covering?
The British Lung Foundation have created a downloadable graphic which you can show on your device to explain why you aren’t wearing a face covering. Click here to download their graphic.
For more information, please visit www.blf.org.uk
Source: British Lung Foundation