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Covid-19: Masks - Question for Short Debate

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:43 pm on 11th June 2020.

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Photo of Baroness McIntosh of Pickering Baroness McIntosh of Pickering Conservative 4:43 pm, 11th June 2020

My Lords, the advice of the World Health Organization is very clear: wearing a face mask or face cloth protects the wearer against any infected person and prevents an infected person infecting another person. Does my noble friend therefore agree that wearing a mask can help and that the guidance from the Government could and should be clearer, particularly on the use of masks in restaurants and hospitality in addition to on public transport? Will my noble friend agree to extending the guidance to the wearing of gloves by all of us, further to protect the wearer and others from being infected or from infecting surfaces, where we know the infection can remain for a long time?