By Rachael Grealish
Wearing one mask with more than two layers is enough for ‘the vast majority of the population’, Public Health England’s Dr Susan Hopkins has said.
Speaking from Downing Street today, Monday March 1, the Health Secretary was joined by Johnathan Van-Tam and Dr Hopkins – all of whom were asked about the prospects and effectiveness of ‘double masking’.
This comes after the likes of President Joe Biden being spotted doubling up his mask when venturing out.
Dr Hopkins went on to say one mask is enough as long as it has more than two layers.
She said: “I think what we know is the more layers you have the better and so we recommended at least two layers in the UK.
“That is really important to reduce the viral transmission, both from you to others and others to you. We have got face masks and face coverings advisory group who meet on a regular basis and look at new and emerging evidence – and the US has looked at some of that evidence as well.
“We are in an ongoing discussion about what to do next, but we think one mask that has more than two layers in it is currently effective for the vast majority of the population.”
The question of wearing of face masks and coverings also came up in a recent briefing when it was asked if masks would be needed once restrictions are lifted.
Dr Jenny Harries, deputy chief medical officer for England, took the lead on this question saying as rates drop in the summer we may not need to wear face coverings, but adds that ventilation is important and outdoor activity is a lot safer.
However, Dr Harries added she does not rule out the use of masks in the winter.