Our mask map revealed
Leicester has one of the biggest COVID-19 infection rates in the country. So it comes as no surprise that the town tops a Map of Shame, which tracks the places where people refuse to wear masks.
Top five towns and cities embracing face masks are:
- Durham = 78% will wear
- London = 75% will wear
- Newcastle upon Tyne = 76% will wear
- Dundee = 74% will wear
- Derry = 71% will wear
Top five towns and cities avoiding face masks are:
- Leicester = 68% won’t wear
- Dudley = 60% won’t wear
- Wrexham = 56% won’t wear
- Southampton = 55% won’t wear
- Warrington = 54% won’t wear
NHS GP and Clinical Advisor to The N95 Mask Company, Dr Gero Baiarda comments on the findings: “It’s concerning that so many people are actively choosing not to wear any face-covering at all to protect themselves and others, despite the latest government advice being that covering the face could play an important part in the fight against the further spread of Covid-19. I suspect the widespread use of masks by the public will be integral to the gradual easing of UK lockdown restrictions as they have been in other countries globally.
“It is without doubt that there are a number of physical and psychological barriers to wearing masks, but these must be put aside in the interest of our health. My advice to everyone is to wear a face mask whenever you might come into close proximity with other people outside of your own home – this could be in an open or closed space. If you find yourself having to consciously maintain a two-metre distance, you should be wearing a mask.
“When choosing a mask, it is important to ensure there is a tight seal with no gaps as this will maximise the protection it provides.”
Ayrton Campbell, Founder of The N95 Mask Company comments on the current PPE crisis in the UK: “Our ambition is to ensure everyone in the UK has access to a steady supply of effective face masks. We have offered our entire stock and supply infrastructure support to the NHS, and should they decide to accept at any point we will revert to supplying the NHS as a priority.”
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