What is a face covering?
A face covering is not the same as a face mask. It is not classified as Personal Protective Equipment in health and safety terms which protect the user against hazards or risks, for example in medical settings by nurses and doctors.
‘In the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, a face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth.’ (Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own. www.gov.uk 31 July 2020)
The wearing of a face covering has been introduced to protect other people around you from Covid 19. This is because many people are ‘asymptomatic’ or have no symptoms. It is important to remember that Covid 19 is a respiratory disease so can be passed on by talking, coughing, laughing etc. and a face covering which covers the mouth and nose can help reduce the transmission of the infection to others.