Or perhaps a better question would be: Should we wear masks if we could get hold of them?
I recently travelled through Geneva airport, Gatwick airport and Jersey airport and it was interesting to note that face masks were commonplace in Geneva, less so in Gatwick and absolutely non-existent in Jersey. I am sure this was relative to the seriousness of the outbreak in each destination. But the big question is:
Do They Work With COVID-19? If you are wearing them to help prevent catching the virus then the answer is no. Why?
It would seem logical that if you cover your nose and mouth with a mask or even a scarf, it would partially filter out viruses. But flu virus particles are too small for a face mask to offer protection
Surgical masks are not designed to protect against airborne pathogens
Surgical masks do not offer respiratory protection
They don’t forma proper seal around your face
People wearing them are more inclined to touch their face regularly increasing the risk of infection
So when should you wear one?
If you are infected with flu, they help prevent the spread of the virus if you sneeze or cough
If you are caring for infected patients
So the best advice is to leave them for healthcare staff