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Opinions divided – study reveals South East among top places in UK avoiding face masks

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As the morning after the night before of the Prime Ministers attempt to explain the new changes to the lockdown starts there could be many who now have to face the challenges of going back to work.

As part of this a face mask is certainly going to be an option they should be considering.

But a study published by The N95 Mask Company has revealed divisions across the country about the nation’s mask-wearing intentions.

The study has created a UK Mask Map which shows how the country has different trends when it comes to face masks.

Cities including Durham, London and Newcastle ranked highest for their mask-wearing intentions, whereas Leicester, Dudley and Wrexham had the lowest rates for people intending to wear masks.

The map of the UK displays the regions that will be donning face masks and those that will not be entertaining the idea. Greater London (76%), North East England (68%) and Wales (61%) were the top areas for mask-wearing, with the South East (56%), East England (52%) and the East Midlands (50%) ranking lowest in terms of their mask-wearing intentions.

According to the survey of 2,000 UK adults, three in five adults said they would wear a mask (61%) in public to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and, reassuringly, 95 percent would wear one if they presented coronavirus symptoms.

Top five towns and cities embracing face masks are:

  1. Durham = 78% will wear
  2. London = 75% will wear
  3. Newcastle upon Tyne = 76% will wear
  4. Dundee = 74% will wear
  5. Derry = 71% will wear

Top five towns and cities avoiding face masks are:

  1. Leicester = 68% won’t wear
  2. Dudley = 60% won’t wear
  3. Wrexham = 56% won’t wear
  4. Southampton = 55% won’t wear
  5. 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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How safe is my school in Crawley? Education union launches COVID-19 map

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The National Education Union, the largest education union in the UK and Europe which represents over 450,000 members has launched a new website that they say provides ‘accurate, accessible and up-to-date information about the Covid-19 rate in the locality of every school in England.’

The site is aimed at people being able to check what the levels of Covid are around the school and whether the school is on a watch list or not.

They say the site is updated weekly, and the data will show the number of Covid-19 cases in a school’s surrounding area, the trend since last week (an increase or decrease in case numbers), whether or not the school is on a watchlist, and links to any local restrictions in place.

They add:

“In much of the country the map will offer reassurance that case numbers are quite low. In others, it will reinforce public health messaging from local authorities and Government that cases are higher. In all situations it will encourage members of the public to follow all public health guidance.

Where cases are higher, it will support head teachers in encouraging parents and other visitors to school sites to maintain social distancing and hygiene.”

Commenting on the launch, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: 

“Everyone in the education sector has worked hard to make full opening of schools, colleges and universities as successful as possible this autumn, but they have been let down by the Government which hasn’t even ensured that Covid testing has kept pace with need.

“But this website will also encourage parents to support our asks of the Government that they help to support safety in our schools and colleges.

“Parents, students and staff also need urgent answers on next year’s exams, and how fit for purpose they will be. This is in light of not only the past summer’s fiasco, but also the disruption of local lockdowns in the months ahead.”

You can check the information around your local school at their new site by clicking here.

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