Face masks for you and your family
Updated 4th September 2020 - We recommend the coronavirus page on the NHS website for more up to date information.
Face masks and face coverings are a common sight right now, as they're compulsory in shops, supermarkets and a variety of other places in England and Scotland. Plus, face coverings must be worn when travelling on public transport in England.
They're a simple and effective way to help reduce the number of airborne particles getting through to your mouth and nose. Which is why the latest government advice is to wear face coverings in enclosed spaces where social distancing isn't always possible and where you'll come into contact with people from outside our home.
As more of us return to work and move around more, making sure you have the right protection is more important than ever. It’s why at LloydsPharmacy we have a range of masks, offering different levels of protection depending on your needs.Shop all face masks now
How face coverings work:
Reusable face covering
- Helps prevent particles passing through to your mouth or nose
- Re-washable and reusable
Type II and Type IIR
- Surgical face masks
- Filters 98% of larger particles (3 microns in size)
- Ear loops for comfortable fit
- Respirator mask
- Filters 95% of smaller particles (0.3 microns in size)
- Sealed for secure fit
Face masks everything you need to know
Frequently asked questions
Do face masks work?
Current information suggests that the two main routes of transmission of the COVID-19 virus are respiratory droplets and contact. Respiratory droplets are generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Any person who is in close contact (within one metre) with someone who has respiratory symptoms (coughing, sneezing) is at risk of being exposed to potentially infective respiratory droplets. Droplets may also land on surfaces where the virus could remain viable; thus, the immediate environment of an infected individual can serve as a source of transmission (contact transmission).*
How often should you use a face mask?
If you are using a disposable face mask you should change your face mask as soon as it becomes moist. A damp mask offers much less protection and should be removed and disposed of carefully. Remember to wash your hands after removing the mask AND before applying a new one.
How to put on a face mask
The first thing to remember is hand hygiene. Always wash your hands before and after applying and removing your mask. Putting them on is easy. Make sure your mask is facing the right way and place it snuggly over your nose and mouth. It should cover your nose and tuck under your chin. The ear loops simply go behind your ear to keep in place.
Do face masks expire?
Yes. But they do last for many years. Store in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight and always check the expiry date before use.