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A face covering is not the same as a face mask used within a health and care setting. It is important that face masks are only used by health and care professionals, to ensure that the supply of these masks for key workers who are at particular risk is not reduced.
Professor Jim McManus, Director of Public Health at Hertfordshire County Council, said:
“Remember, face coverings do not replace social distancing, good hand washing and good hygiene (coughing and sneezing into a tissue, disposing of tissues immediately and washing hands), as these are the most important and effective measures that we can all adopt to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Wearing a face covering is not an alternative to any of these precautions.
“We are urging people not to buy the surgical face masks or
respirators worn by front-line workers in health and care settings because
these are prioritised for those who are working in environments where the risk
is greatest. People who have been advised to use surgical face masks or
respirators by Public Health England, their health or care employers or the
Hertfordshire Public Health Team should continue to use these.”
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