Wearing scarf vs. mask.

Corona virus UK: Public can wear scarves instead of masks, scientists to say....
Author" Kate Proctor, Political Correspondent

Government scientists are expected to recommend that the public should not wear medical face masks but could choose to wear a scarf or face covering during the coronavirus outbreak.

The scientific advisory group on emergencies, known as Sage, meets on Thursday to discuss the benefits of masks and is expected to tell ministers that the medical grade coverings should be prioritized for health workers only...


Coronavirus: should everyone be wearing face masks?

“I think the guidance we’re expecting to hear that people wearing a face mask is a voluntary activity, not mandated, makes sense and certainly makes a lot of sense to focus limited resources that we have at the moment on those who have greatest need and that’s the health professionals.”

He said people with common viruses and colds might want to wear a mask in public once restrictions had been lifted further down the line.

He said: “This sophisticated kit is likely to be more rigorous, more useful, but actually it’s perfectly reasonable to wear a bandanna around your mouth or whatever, that will work. It won’t be quite as good but it will be good enough given the evidence you’re not protecting yourself by wearing these masks unless you happen to be coughing and spluttering.”


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