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Face masks now recommended to stop coronavirus spread

WEARING face coverings on public transport or in enclosed spaces such as shops is now among official advice to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19.

The government has also suggested washing clothes regularly and keeping rooms well ventilated.

‘The evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you, but it may protect others if you are infected but have not developed symptoms,’ the advice reads.

It says coverings are not the same as surgical masks used by healthcare staff.They should not be used by children under two or those who may find it difficult to manage them.

The guidance also says that standing side-by-side rather than face-to-face can lower the risk of exposure to respiratory droplets from someone talking or coughing.

And, while washing hands is thought to have the most significance in removing traces of the virus, there is ‘some evidence that the virus can stay on fabrics for a few days, although usually it is shorter’. As a result, the guidance recommends that those working with people outside their household regularly wash their clothes.

Rooms should be kept well ventilated, especially where people from different households come into contact. And activities should be moved outdoors if possible.

The government continues to advise using hand sanitiser when entering or leaving buildings and after contact with surfaces. People should also avoid touching their faces, and keep away from others wherever possible.