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Covid-19: Masks - Question for Short Debate

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:15 pm on 11th June 2020.

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Photo of Lord Clark of Windermere Lord Clark of Windermere Labour 4:15 pm, 11th June 2020

My Lords, I am pleased to be here supporting the increased use of face masks in public—so ably argued by my noble friend. In his argument, which he made with conviction and authority, he used evidence, information and knowledge to make his case. I want to highlight two of his arguments.

First, he gave us an indication of the bodies that support the increased use of face masks—the BMA, the World Health Organization, the Royal Society, the Lancet, and so on. Then—this is critical—as further evidence, he cited 80 research sources worldwide that found that wearing a face mask increased the success rate in the battle against Covid-19.