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Cloth face masks now recommended in Jersey

The use of cloth masks to cover the mouth and nose is now being recommended by Jersey's top medical advisor. Credit: PA

The use of cloth masks to cover the mouth and nose is now being recommended by Jersey's top medical advisor.

The Medical Officer of Health, Dr Ivan Muscat, has issued updated advice in response to growing expert support for the use of masks when out in public.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently come out in favour of mask-wearing as a measure of infection control.

Using cloth masks to cover your nose and mouth will reduce the transmission of large respiratory droplets from the person wearing the mask to others. To a lesser extent, the masks may also protect the wearer from others. It is now strongly recommended that non-medical face coverings are worn in public places while Islanders are observing Stay at Home guidance, particularly when shopping for essentials, and by essential workers where appropriate.

– Dr Ivan Muscat, The Medical Officer of Health

Dr Muscat says cloth face masks should be changed if they become soiled, wet or uncomfortable. Essential workers may need several masks a day to ensure good hygiene and comfort. And people wearing a mask should wash their hands after removing it.

People must still keep a two metre distance from others when they are out and about.

The government is now allowing shops that sell fabric and sewing supplies to open, so islanders can buy the equipment to make their own face masks.

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