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    The latest advice on face masks and COVID-19

    The latest advice on face masks and COVID-19

    Posted on June 11th, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything we’ve seen before. It is therefore unsurprising that the official government advice has changed in recent weeks, as new findings have come to light and we continue to navigate how best to deal with it.

    One of the major new developments has been the changing advice on face masks. From Monday 15th June, people across the UK will be required to wear a face covering on public transport. It is also strongly advised that, if you can, you should wear a face covering in ‘enclosed public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.’

    In response to these new recommendations, the healthcare experts at YourGP have answered some of the most common questions about face masks and COVID-19.


    Will a face mask protect me from COVID-19?

    Unlike the surgical masks or respirators used by healthcare workers as part of their personal protective equipment (PPE), face coverings such as fabric masks, scarves or bandanas will not protect you from contracting COVID-19. However, evidence suggests that if you are infected but have not yet developed symptoms, a face mask may provide some protection for others you come into close contact with.

    How can I make a face mask?

    There are lots of online resources, such as the UK government website, featuring instructions on how to make your own face mask. The key thing is that it should cover your mouth and nose and allow you to breathe comfortably.

    Who should not wear a face mask?

    For safety reasons, face masks should not be worn by children under the age of 3 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly.

    Where should I wear a face mask?

    Anyone using public transport in the UK is required to wear a face mask, and it is advised they should also be worn in shops and enclosed areas where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

    How do I put on and remove a face mask correctly?

    You should wash your hands thoroughly or use hand sanitiser before putting on and removing your face mask. Whilst wearing the face mask, avoid touching it, as well as your eyes, nose and mouth.

    How should I wash my face mask?

    Face masks should be washed thoroughly and regularly. Store your used face mask in a plastic bag until you are able to wash it, then place in the washing machine with your normal detergent.


    Please note that all patients attending appointments at YourGP will be asked to wear a face mask. Remote consultations, either via video or telephone, are also available. Simply email to book yours.

    Received injections from Lynn at the surgery. Hadn’t had an injection in 12 years, so was terrified walking through the front door at first. My mind was put at ease instantly. Very nice people, was given lots of great advice, and the injections were a piece of cake. Couldn’t be happier. Recommended!

    Lee S

    YourGP is regulated by Healthcare Improvement Scotland – the regulator for independent healthcare services across Scotland. Healthcare Improvement Scotland accepts complaints at any time. Contact them at:

    Independent Healthcare Team
    Gyle Square | 1 South Gyle Crescent | Edinburgh | EH12 9EB
    0131 623 4342 |

    YourGP is registered with the Joint Council of Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) Registered Office: Station Road, North Street, Havant PO9 1QU.