The UK’s health minister Helen Whately has said that the use of face masks in public is not “recommended” and what it is important, is “handwashing.”
LondonLovesBusiness spoke to a doctor, who said, face masks “are only really helpful for airborne infections, which the coronavirus is not.
“If you buy the cheaper masks and change them over when they become wet [they are then not effective] they are good enough to avoid you putting your hands to your mouth and avoid catching any droplets in the air from someone sneezing or coughing.
“The masks are only really needed if you are in busy areas with lots of people in close proximity.”
However, the health minister told the BBC, “The advice I have been given is that members of the public are not particularly recommended to use face masks.
“They may be used by clinicians but actually they are not something that is recommended for the general public.
“The important thing is the handwashing advice and the use of tissues.”
The health minister said Britain is the best country to be in over the coronavirus pandemic because “we are so on it for contingency planning.”
Johnson issued the statement on Sunday afternoon, “We will get through this together, and we will beat the virus.
“To win this fight, we need everyone to follow our advice: as far as possible, we want you to stay at home.
LondonLovesBusiness understand that Whitehall sources are suggesting to impose a total lockdown across the capital as people are still gathering in crowds which will result in people dying as a direct result.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan gave a grave warning to Londoners, to anyone that leaves their home during the coronavirus outbreak to “stop social mixing or many more people will die.”