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Face the facts about danger of failing to use masks correctly

Taking it on the chin: Passengers wearing masks on the Tube PICTURE: MI NEWS

MANY passengers on trains and buses are failing to wear face masks correctly, an expert has warned.

Face coverings have been mandatory on public transport in England since June 14.

But Prof Susan Michie, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies [Sage], said many commuters are putting themselves and those around them at risk.

She told The Sunday Telegraph that people appear to be wearing their masks below the nose and holding the front to remove them, rather than the straps. ‘In parks and down the street this is the sort of thing you see,’ she added.

Prof Michie said a national campaign might be needed to ‘train’ people on how to wear them correctly. ‘Usually it’s not enough to say do this, ie transmit knowledge, but we also need to have training,’ she added.

The gov.uk website advises washing hands or using hand sanitiser before putting on and taking off a mask, avoiding touching the face and storing used masks in a plastic bag until they can be washed.