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Face masks needed in the UK until 2022, says poll of disease experts

Face masks needed in the UK until 2022, says poll of disease experts


Health



22 February 2021

By Adam Vaughan
and Ibrahim Sawal

A man wearing a face mask travels on a London tube

A man travelling on the London Underground railway system

SOPA Images/LightRocket via Gett

Mandatory wearing of face masks in shops and on public transport will probably stay in place in the UK until at least 2022, predict a majority of infectious disease experts polled by New Scientist.

Expectations are similar for UK government guidance on physical distancing, with most anticipating that 2 metre or “1 metre-plus” measures will remain until 2022 or later. Opinion is split on whether the UK government will hit its vaccination roll-out targets.

The views come ahead of prime minister Boris Johnson announcing a road …

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