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Government advisor wants face masks to be made mandatory amid high levels of transmission in the UK

by LLB political Reporter
22nd Nov 21 9:49 am

Professor Peter Openshaw, a member of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag) wants to see a return of people wearing face masks to get the case rates down.

Professor Openshaw who is a government advisor has expressed his concerns over the the high levels of transmission in the UK.

He told BBC Breakfast on Monday morning, “I am concerned that we do have really quite high levels of transmission in the UK.

“My personal preference would be that we should really try to get these rates down – we know that masks do work… because there are people who are unvaccinated for various reasons, and we do need to try and reduce the level of circulation of the virus, as well as getting up vaccination rates.

“No single measure by itself is going to be successful; we need the combination of measures, which includes re-vaccination, third doses, but also wearing masks and being very careful not to transmit the virus.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) have also said that by keeping “personal protection going” by wearing face masks it will avoid  people breathing in air which is “breathed out by others.”

The WHO special envoy said, “We are going to have go on resisting this virus and we do it by making it hard for the virus to get from one person to the other.

“We do it with face masks and also with avoiding breathing in the air breathed out by others.

“If we keep that personal protection going, especially in confined spaces, the evidence is really strong that this reduces the size of the surges and the peaks.”

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