There is limited evidence that wearing a cloth mask reduces the spread of coronavirus, Jersey's Medical Officer has said.
Dr Ivan Muscat has outlined the current Public Health position on them, following an increase in interest from the public.
He says wearing a cloth mask is "absolutely not a substitute for appropriate social distancing, stay at home guidance or good hand and respiratory hygiene", but could reduce transmission of large respiratory droplets onto others, and reduce the risk of the wearing acquiring infection.
Covering your mouth with a scarf could be equally as effective, Dr Muscat goes on to say, however if people do wish to wear one, they should:
- Change the mask every two hours
- Wash, tumble dry and iron the mask
- Wash your hands after removing the mask