A new study found that mask wearing is the most effective public health measure for stopping the spread of Covid. 

New data shows that 25% of British under-30s have stopped wearing masks in public.  

A new international study by a team of researchers has shown that mask use can reduce the number of cases of Covid infections by 53%.

Monash University, Australia, and University of Edinburgh have claimed that their meta-analysis of thirty studies on public health measures against Covid is the first systematic review of all available data.

Although masks have been shown to work, researchers were unable to determine which masks had the most impact on the effectiveness of these masks.

An international team of researchers have found mask wearing cut Covid transmission by 53 per cent and social distancing reduced the spread by 25 per cent. They also found handwashing was effective, cutting Covid transmission by 53 per cent however they added the limited number of studies they were able to analyse meant this statistic was not significant

International researchers discovered that Covid transmission was reduced by mask wear by 53 percent and spread by social distancing by 25%. The researchers also discovered that handwashing is effective in reducing Covid transmission. But, due to limited studies available this result was not meaningful.

New research has found that masks can be the most effective method to curb Covid transmission. But, new data from Statistics Office shows that almost three out of every four Britons below 30 did not wear one during last week’s survey.

The findings come as fresh data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows 29 per cent of Britons under-30-years-of-age didn’t wear a mask when they went outside their home in the last week.

According to the ONS, mask use increases with age.

Only 18% of the 30- and 49-year-olds didn’t wear a face mask out, which is compared with 4% for the over 70s. 

The new study published in BMJ also showed that handwashing and social distance helped to reduce the spread of viruses among members of the general public.

The authors found that handwashing (similar to wearing masks) reduced Covid transmission by 53%, however, this was due to the limited number of studies.

It was discovered that social distancing reduced Covid cases by 25%

Scientists concluded that vaccines are safe and effective. However, Covid is still present in some cases. It was important to take steps to decrease the risk.

Compulsory mask wearing in the UK depends on which nation you live in, with England having abandoned the practise in July

The UK’s compulsory wearing of a mask depends on where you are from. England has since abandoned this practice in July 

Mask wearing in England is still required in healthcare settings as Boris Johnson recently fell afoul of during a visit to Hexham General Hospital in Northumberland . His brief failure to wear a mask was a source of controversy last week

As Boris Johnson discovered recently while visiting Hexham General Hospital, Northumberland, mask wear is still mandatory in England. The controversy surrounding Boris Johnson’s failure to wear mask during his visit to Northumberland’s Hexham General Hospital was last week.

Healthcare settings: Who shouldn’t and should wear a mask? 

Although mask-wearing was eliminated as a requirement for most areas on July 19, people are still required to use them in hospitals and care homes.

This precaution is in place to safeguard vulnerable individuals such as the elderly, those who are undergoing treatment for cancer and staff that may be exposed from Covid. 

However, there are exceptions. The following group is not obliged to wear masks.

  • For children under 11 years of age
  • If the individual is disabled or has a mental or physical illness that prohibits them from performing their duties
  • You can communicate with someone who is dependent on lip reading if you are providing help or communication. 

Outside of health settings official Government guidance is that the public should wear masks in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet, such as public transport.

The Covid variants that were not affected by the vaccines would be added.  

Researchers stated that it was impossible to evaluate other anti-Covid measures such as working from home or full lockdowns, due to variations in studies. 

The UK currently has two options for when you will need to wear masks: where you live and what you do.  

England was the first country to ban compulsory mask-wearing indoors. This was done as part of the so called Freedom Day removal of pandemic restrictions. People are required to still use them for health care and in medical settings. 

In spaces that are difficult to socially disengage, masks can still be recommended.

Scotland. Legally, masks for Northern Ireland and Wales are required in public transport. 

For people with disabilities, such as children or those who cannot safely wear masks easily, there are exceptions to the rule. 

Over the course of this pandemic, evidence for the use of masks to prevent the spread of Covid is inconsistent.

Some studies have been done, such as the September research from an international team that endorsed masks. It was found that people who didn’t wear them are twice as likely to contract the virus than those who do.

Studies have shown that protection differs based upon the type of mask used. For example, a study showing blue surgical masks offered 10% more protection than naked-face.  

Amanda Pritchard from the NHS suggests Boris Johnson SHOULD HAVE worn a face-mask during his hospital visit. 

The boss of NHS England took a dig at Boris Johnson for being barefaced last week during a hospital visit. He warned that the guidelines on masks were ‘clear.

Amanda Pritchard become the latest health leader to criticise the PM for his trip to Hexham General Hospital in Northumberland last week, after a World Health Organization adviser also took a swipe at him on failing to wear a mask during the trip.  

When asked directly if Mr Johnson should have worn masks during his visit at Hexham General Hospital, Northumberland Ms Pritchard replied that “people should wear masks when they are in healthcare settings”. 

However, the disillusioned chief executive at the NHS was unable to speak for the rest of his four-month tenure.: ‘I wasn’t on the visit. So I’m afraid I don’t know the ins and outs of exactly what happened there.’ 

Pressed on whether she would have told Mr Johnson to put a mask back on, she added: ‘I’m sure my colleagues did encourage everybody there to follow the appropriate guidance.’

Social media furore erupted over the image of the maskless Prime Minister rubbing elbows with masked up nurses. It was also cited by Mr Johnson as another instance of Johnson not following his own rules.  

During the pandemic, Johnson was repeatedly criticized for appearing to be against Covid guidelines. 

A recent example of a misstep was when he attended the Cop26 conference on climate change in Glasgow. While he wasn’t wearing a face mask, he sat in the audience next to Sir David Attenborough 95.