Can masks help stop flu spread?

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8024605.stm

By Nick Triggle
Health reporter, BBC News

Mexicans wearing surgical masks

“They are not bio-chemical suits. Masks are obviously just covering one part of the body so your hands and clothes could all have the virus on and when you take them off you will infect yourself.

“However, because people are wearing a mask they will think they are protected and may go into crowded areas.

“The best advice is to wash your hands and cover your mouth when sneezing.”

Glamorgan University expert Gail Lusardi agreed.

“Masks alone will not prevent spread of the influenza virus and basic hygiene measures like hand washing, safe use and disposal of tissues and cleaning of environmental surfaces are key to preventing infection transmission.”

She also said it was important they were correctly fitted – some of the more expensive respirator masks are molded to fit the face unlike standard masks that can be bought on the high street.

And she added: “A mask can be worn continuously for up to eight to 10 hours, but must be replaced if it is taken off at any stage.”

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