Face masks

Will a face mask provide protection from coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Wearing a face mask or covering won’t stop you from catching coronavirus (COVID-19). Instead reusable and disposable face masks or coverings help to protect those around you. They’re designed to go over your mouth and nose so make sure you were yours properly to help lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission. As we know the virus is spread through small droplets released through coughs and sneezes.

Face masks and coverings should be used alongside social distancing, hand hygiene and Government guidance. There are many places you’ll need to wear a face mask when you visit, such as your local pharmacy or supermarket.

What type of face masks do you sell?

We offer a wide range of face masks and coverings to help everyone stay safer. We know it may be confusing to know which face covering is best, so we’ll take you through the benefits of each type:

  • Reusable face masks can be worn and washed ready to use again. They’re usually a more cost-effective choice and more environmentally friendly too.
  • Disposable face masks, like other face coverings can help to protect those around you from COVID-19, just make sure they fit snuggly on your face.
  • An FFP2 face mask offers comfort and protection, plus they’re lightweight.
  • Face coverings for children come in smaller sizes to offer the right fit for smaller faces.

I am worried about breathing difficulties whilst wearing a face mask, what should I do?

If you have a physical impairment or disability you are exempt from wearing a face mask. You also don’t have to wear a face covering if you have a lung condition that makes you breathless and wearing a face covering makes you feel breathless.

Do I need to wear a face mask every time I leave the house?

It’s a good idea to take a face mask or covering with you whenever you leave the house. In England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland face coverings are mandatory in a range of indoor and enclosed spaces where social distancing isn’t always possible. You’ll need to wear a face mask in shops and on public transport, but make sure to check country specific guidance.

Face coverings are not advisable when you’re outdoors when exercising or some workplaces. But make sure to check local and employee guidance. If you’re unsure if you can practise social distancing, it’s best that you wear a face covering.

Read our face mask guides

For more tips and advice about finding the right face mask read our guide. If you’re experiencing dry skin from wearing a face covering our maskitis blog can help. Have you seen people wearing two face masks at once, our double-masking article explains all.

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