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Coronavirus latest: Should you wear a face mask if you leave the UK to prevent the virus?

Coronavirus latest: Should you wear a face mask if you leave the UK to prevent the virus? 1

In China more than 130 people have died from Wuhan novel coronavirus, and cases have been confirmed in Thailand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the US.

As of January 28, a total of 97 UK tests of suspected coronavirus were confirmed as negative, but there are currently no confirmed cases in the UK or of UK citizens abroad.

Face masks are famously used to stop the spread of airborne viruses, like flu, but can they protect against coronavirus and should Britons consider wearing them when they leave the UK?

According to Professor Stephen Turner, Head of the Department of Microbiology at Monash University’s Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Face masks can help as long as they are the right sort.

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