‘People who wear face masks could be putting themselves more at risk of contracting coronavirus, England’s deputy chief medical officer has warned.
Dr Jenny Harries said it is “not a good idea” for the average member of the public to put on a face mask unless they have been advised to by a healthcare worker.
Speaking to BBC News on Thursday, she warned the virus could even become trapped in face masks, resulting in the wearer breathing it in.
Dr Harries said: “For the average member of the public walking down a street, it is not a good idea.
“What tends to happen is people will have one mask. They won’t wear it all the time, they will take it off when they get home, they will put it down on a surface they haven’t cleaned.’