Britain is to build a stockpile of masks for people to wear while shopping and on public transport, it was announced yesterday.
Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister, revealed the move after Nicola Sturgeon pre-empted what is expected to be UK-wide guidance.
The Scottish first minister confirmed that the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) had concluded that covering the face with a scarf or other cloth mask would probably help to slow transmission in confined spaces as she recommended that people wear them “as a precautionary measure”.
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Ms Sturgeon said face coverings were “not a substitute” for social distancing and hygiene measures but guidance issued by the Scottish government advises that they “may provide some level of protection against transmission to other people in