Face Coverings & COVID-19

Face coverings and COVID-19: statement from an expert panel  An expert panel statement, informed by evidence and expertise, on the role of face coverings in mitigating COVID-19 transmission.  This helps to explain the effectiveness of mask wearing

An expert respiratory evidence panel was convened in February 2021 to critically assess the evidence on:

  • the role of airborne transmission in relation to SARS-CoV-2
  • the transmissibility of new SARS-CoV-2 variants
  • the effectiveness, including efficacy of different types of face coverings and factors that may impact on this

The panel comprised a group of infectious disease, hygiene, virology, microbiology, respiratory infection, engineering, occupational safety, and infection prevention and control (IPC) experts, and included representation from relevant UK advisory panels and professional societies. The panel met 3 times: on 1 March 2021, 21 April 2021 and 12 May 2021.