Oxford Mail readers have been giving their views on wearing face masks during the coronavirus pandemic.
As Covid-19 cases continue to rise, calls have increased for the Government to make masks compulsory in certain settings again.
It has not been a legal requirement to wear masks or coverings indoors or on public transport since ‘Freedom Day’ on July 19 but wearing masks in shops and other venues could now be made mandatory.
Currently the Government recommends that people wear masks in crowded or enclosed spaces, such as public transport where ‘you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet’.
According to scientists, the main benefit from wearing face masks is that they block up to 80 per cent of airborne virus droplets that cause the disease to spread.
They may also prevent about 50 per cent of droplets from being inhaled too.
SANDRA CLARKE: “Yes , and distanced and hand washing and sanitiser used.”
BARBARA GILKES: “Yes.”
WAYNE BENTLEY: “No.”
SI HUTCHINSON: “Yes. Have to protect others in order to protect yourself.”
KAZ DAFFEH: “Yes.”
STEPHEN EASTER: “Yes it’s the new normal.”
SAM JACKSON: “Yes.”
ELTON BALLA: “Always.”
VIOLET CHAPMAN: “Yes.”
JOAN LEAHY: “Yes.”
GEMMA DEVONPORT: “No.”
RICKY VELOSO: “Yes.”
HARRY HALE: “No. Never will until there is a definite standard of mask that has to be used, some people are using any old piece of material while others are using medical grade mask.
“So until we all have to use a medical grade mask and it is worn correctly over nose and mouth it’s a pointless exercise.”
LIZ AXFORD: “Yes. And sanitise. And keep my distance.”
KALEM PAINTIN: “Never did never will.”
KATRINE SAWTELL: “Yes of course. Couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t.”
CHRIS ANDERSON: “No.”
LESA DIAB: “Yes.”
SIMON ROWLANDS: “Always.”
OXFORD MAIL READER: “Never.”
VERONICA GREEN: “Yes always.”
AMANDA PAMMENT: “Yes I will always and that’s with asthma – it’s not gone away.”
STUART PARKER: “Amanda Pamment it will never go away,it’s here to stay so we have to live with it.”
FRANCES JALLOW: “Yes.”
JULIE WEST: “Yes.”
TERRI PEARCE: “Yes. I don’t want Covid, the flu or the nasty cold going around. I need to keep working. I suffered enough financially last year.”
STEVE HILL: “Yes. Supermarket today I guess was 50: 50 though.”
OXFORD MAIL READER: “Every day I see the 16 to 35 age group not wearing masks perhaps they think they are immune.”
OXFORD MAIL READER: “I’m sure that more than just 17% are not wearing masks these days from personal observation of public transport, shops, cinemas and workplace.
“Those who smugly claim that of course they don’t wear masks and don’t distance, and never did so, and never will, and think that they are freedom warriors, could read this: “Despite ministerial claims that thousands of beds remain available in the NHS, senior doctors said that operations were already being cancelled.
“Dr Stephen Webb, president of the Intensive Care Society, said: “In many places, the planned urgent surgery that needs to be done is being cancelled.
“This is not because of a lack of physical beds, it’s because of a lack of staffing to be able to open those beds.
“We’ve heard about urgent cardiac surgery being cancelled, major bowel surgery being cancelled, because these patients needs post-operative intensive care beds.
“That’s not just in one or two areas – that’s across the country.”