Wearing a face mask is unlikely to be of any benefit if you are not sick, remains the most up to date advice from the HSE during this pandemic. That’s according to Dr Ciara Kelly, Public Health Specialist Registrar at HSE West.

The matter is continuously under review, she explained, and the latest WHO and HSE advise is that the wearing of a face mask is only of benefit if you are sick or you are working in a clinical/medical setting.

The best way to control the spread of Covid 19 remains the frequent washing of hands, observing coughing and sneezing etiquette, maintaining social distancing and frequently cleaning surfaces.

Dr Kelly refutes any suggestion / theory that the reason the general public here are not being advised to wear face masks is because of the difficulty in securing PPE for hospitals and residential care facilities.

Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley asked Dr Kelly this lunchtime despite the widespread use of face masks in countries worldwide during the pandemic ,has the HSE advice of their value changed at all.

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