This information is also available as a downloadable infographic. Further information on masks, including how to make your own, is available from Public Health England via the linkĀ at the end of this page.

How do masks work?

Masks help reduce droplets containing the virus released when you breathe, speak or cough and may also lower the chance of droplets entering through your mouth and nose, if worn correctly.

Best types of mask

Of home made masks, 100% cotton masks block the most viral particles (according to research studies comparing various home made material masks).

Wool/knitted masks do not work as the gaps are too large.

Surgical masks provide greater protection, but our NHS and care home staff need these.

How to wear a mask correctly

To remove your mask:

Other precautions to remember

You should follow Public Health England and World Health Organisation guidelines at all times.

You still need to keep 2 metres apart from others.

If you wear gloves, don't touch your face or mask, and wash your hands before and after removal and before removing your mask.