Masks aim to protect against asymptomatic carriers

The use of masks in Jersey aims to tackle the risk of asymptomatic carriers of coronavirus, the island’s deputy medical officer of health has said.

Dr Ivan Muscat explained how the virus is spread as droplets, and their large size allows masks to capture them when a person breathes or speaks.

He said while there was no “gold-standard” study demonstrating they “unequivocally” stopped the spread of the virus, he said a “huge number” of observational studies pointed to their benefits.

“If the masks remind us that we should keep our distance, wash our hands, clean touch services, that is an additional protective measure,” Dr Muscat added.

Currently the wearing of masks indoors is strongly recommended in the island and States members are due to debate making it the law to wear one in indoor public places.

BBC Jersey news

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