Coronavirus: The Use of Face Coverings

(Updated 1st June 2020) 

 
Thank you to everyone in our community for working together and protecting each other through maintaining physical distancing, good hand hygiene and staying at home as much as possible.  It has been hard but your commitment to this is appreciated.  Through our collective efforts we have reduced but not eliminated the coronavirus. We need to continue to  work together to stay safe in Frome as the lockdown is eased.

Please visit our coronavirus index for more information about the virus - click here. 

 

Please wear a face covering when visiting the Practice….

We are asking anyone attending the practice to please wear face coverings when they visit.

 

Why are we asking people to wear face coverings?

Wearing a face covering helps to reduce the spread of coronavirus from anyone who is infected but isn’t yet showing symptoms.

Evidence suggests wearing a face covering does not protect you, but may protect others if you are infected with coronavirus.  

If you do have symptoms of coronavirus (a cough, high temperature and / or loss of taste / smell) then you and your household should isolate at home. Wearing a face covering does not change this.

Coronavirus – or COVID-19 as it is also called – spreads via respiratory droplets between people in close quarters. Droplets fly from our mouths and noses when we breathe, talk or sneeze. Other people can then breathe these in. Face coverings can help stop droplets from leaving your mouth or nose and someone else breathing them in.

Wearing a face covering is a very simple way in which we can we can make a contribution to reducing the spread of coronavirus. This seemingly small action can make a big difference to our local community.

 

Should I wear a face covering when visiting other places?

More people are now returning to work and visiting other public places. The government is therefore advising people to wear face coverings in enclosed spaces, where social distancing might not be possible and where they come into contact with others that they do not normally meet.

We would echo this and suggest wearing a face covering when out and about, for example if you’re visiting the pharmacy to collect a prescription, if you’re shopping in an enclosed space or if you’re using public transport. You may also wish to wear it at other times.

This image illustrates the coronavirus risk we might be exposed to, depending on the circumstances. As you can see, wearing a face covering is suggested as something we do anywhere outside the home. 

Who should wear a face covering?

Everyone is advised to wear a face covering, with the exception of children under the age of 2 or those who might find it difficult to wear them correctly (for example, young children or people with respiratory conditions.)

 

What can I use as a face covering?

Your face covering could be a homemade mask, a scarf or bandana. We would ask that you don’t try and buy surgical masks as it’s important these remain available for frontline NHS and Care staff.

 

It’s really important you wear your face covering in the right way…..

It is really important to use face coverings correctly. Here are the suggested ways to do this:

  • The face covering should cover your mouth and nose, while allowing you to breathe comfortably.
  • Always wash your hands (or if this isn’t possible use hand sanitiser) before putting your face covering on, when taking it off and after use.
  • At all times, including when you’re wearing your face covering you should avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • When wearing your face covering tuck in any loose ends.
  • When wearing and removing your face covering do not touch the front if it, or that part of the face that the covering has been in contact with.
  • Once you’ve removed your face covering, be sure to clean any surfaces it has been in contact with.
  • Once you’ve removed your face covering store it in a bag until you’ve had chance to wash it.
  • Face coverings should be washed regularly. You can wash it with your other laundry, using your normal detergent.
 

I’d like to make my own face coverings or face coverings for other people….

There are many different ways you can make face coverings.

Click here for some suggested ideas and to find out more about Mask Force, who are making masks for other people.