Face Masks are effective at stopping droplets of moisture passing through their filters. If someone sneezes who has a viral infection, wearing a face mask should provide some protection against contracting the virus. There is no guarantee that you won't get sick, but wearing a face mask will provide better protection against viruses and COVID-19 than not wearing one.
Face masks are obviously not be the only method of avoiding COVID-19. The list below details actions you should consider in addition to wearing a face mask when outside your home:
- Avoid crowded areas and stay away from anyone showing symptoms of a virus such as coughing or sneezing.
- Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds and use anti bacterial gel.
- Cover your mouth with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
If you do wear a mask you still need to follow the advice of often washing your hands and maintaining a social distance from people.
In England, the rules are to try and stay at least 2meters apart, although 1 meter is now acceptable if the former isn't possible.