Commuters are wearing masks incorrectly
Woman wearing a face mask on a London bus - REUTERS
Many commuters incorrectly wear face masks and covers and endanger themselves and others, scientific advisors have warned.
While nearly nine in ten people state that they follow the official rules for wearing facewear in public transport, many unintentionally disregard the guidelines for their use, according to experts who advise the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergency (Sage).
Prof. Susan Michie, a member of the Sage Behavioral Research Subgroup, called for a national campaign to "train" the population in the use of masks and other facewear, similar to the government's instructions for hand washing. March. Dr. Ben Killingley, an infectious disease consultant who is a member of Sage's environmental working group, agreed to the need for a public campaign. Facial covers were probably "there for a while" and "we're not as used to them as other countries," he said.
According to the guidelines on the gov.uk website, "Do not touch the face of the face covering or the part of the face covering that has come into contact with the mouth and nose. After removing, touch all surfaces of the face covering." The guidelines also state that covers, including bandanas and T-shirt covers, cover the mouth and nose and should be placed in a plastic bag immediately after use.
However, Prof. Michie warned that many members of the public did not appear to be aware of the guidelines on the safe use of facewear. Instead, people often seem to pull their covers under their noses and hold the front of the items to remove them, rather than just using the straps or ties behind their heads. Experts have warned that the face of used masks may be contaminated, which means that improper removal could spread the coronavirus to the wearer's fingers and surfaces in their homes or workplaces.
Prof. Michie said: "Whenever you are in parks and on the street, you see something like that."
She added, "What you could easily have are two small bags that are similar to plastic airplane bags. One is for a clean mask and one for the dirty mask. And you have your dirty bag, and it gets hot soapy water and washed right away, When you come home.
"But it never occurred to people to do that. I find it quite frustrating when there are such small things that can be done to suppress this virus and they are not done. They are missed opportunities . "
The warnings came when a survey found that 88 percent of people using public transportation last week said they wore a mask or facewear as directed by the government. The Redfield & Wilton Strategies survey of 2,000 adults also found that 81 percent of respondents supported the decision to make facial clothing compulsory for public transportation. A majority (51 percent) said the government should extend the rule to all confined public spaces, compared to 30 percent who disagreed.
However, Prof. Michie said that "observation data" was required to provide empirical evidence of how different people wore blankets in different environments, including public transport and workplaces, since they appeared to be improperly used.
She added, "I think the main thing is that if you have behavior that requires some kind of skill and some kind of routine and procedure to make it effective, it is usually not enough to say that, ie knowledge to convey what is what we've had so far, but we also need to exercise.
"When it comes to skills, that is, behavior when dressing, undressing and wearing, skills training is required, not just awareness and knowledge generation."
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