A DOCTOR has urged the public to stop wearing masks with valves after warning that they can spark a “plume of infection” due the to high-velocity air flow.
By CLAIRE ANDERSON
PUBLISHED: 20:31, Tue, Jul 7, 2020 | UPDATED: 20:31, Tue, Jul 7, 2020
Dr Bharat Pankhania has urged the public to not wear face masks which have valves. He explained that such masks force an air flow which could create a plume of coronavirus. The expert said face coverings are best for use in public settings so long as they don’t have a valve. His warning comes as many countries have made wearing a mask compulsory when in public spaces.
Speaking to LBC, Dr Pankhania said: “We must not wear those masks with the valve out in public. We must not.
“Please anyone who is out there wearing those masks with a valve, stop using them.
“What you are doing with those masks is creating a high-velocity flow of air from the mouth out through the valve which could create a plume of infection.
“We must stop wearing those masks.”
“Leave the ‘super duper’ masks to the physicians.
“People going out buying masks with a valve, don’t do it. Just use ones which capture droplets from your nose and mouth.”