As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic the World Health Organisation (WHO) now advises the use of various face masks. With differing Government restrictions now in place across the respective countries of the UK, it is important to appreciate the differences between the masks / coverings and understand which type should be worn.
From scientific analysis, current research suggests that coronavirus is transmitted principally via respiratory droplets. Whilst there is no clear consensus to suggest that face masks are definitively effective in the prevention of all transmission, several studies do support and encourage the use of face coverings in public in addition to medical masks in healthcare environments.
The three main types of masks that are being utilised as part of ongoing preventative measures to combat the rate of transmission across the UK are outlined below.