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Guidance around whether you should wear a face mask is constantly evolving. But it's now clear that it's worth wearing one when you're out in public.
The World Health Organization says you should wear a cloth face mask (made from household fabric) in public if:
But it says you should wear a medical face mask (for example, surgical masks) in public in areas where the virus is still spreading, if:
A face mask is not a substitute for following the guidance given by your government to reduce the spread of coronavirus, however. So you should continue to wash your hands regularly and keep your distance from other people.
If you'd like to make your own cloth face mask, here's 3 ways to make one.
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