Thursday, 30 July 2009

Face Mask Confusion?

Two letters in today's Daily Telegraph struck a chord and sure enough a little detective work has paid off.

The two letters in question are those from Andy Burnham and Jon Newman. From both, two extracts:

Andy Burnham:

"All ministers take care to base any public statements on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer...."

Jon Newman, quoting Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer:

"The scientific advice on face masks is that they are of very little value. They get moist, which enhances the virus. And because the virus is so small it can go through the pores. They also give a false sense of security."

Then from the BBC we get a report of a public statement, in the Commons, from Andy Burnham that 226m face masks have been ordered!


With acknowledgements to both Dick Puddlecote and Trixie.


Dick Puddlecote said...

All your own excellent work, WFW, nothing to do with me. It's definitely worth reproducing though.

Witterings From Witney said...

But yes DP - you also picked up on young Trixie's original post - so credit where credit is due - you got me thinking (a rare event)

Mark Wadsworth said...

Two possible ways out of this:

a) That's the normal order for facemasks for the NHS, a few hundred thousand nurses/doctors, using a few a day for six months (or whatever time period).

b) Everybody will be encouraged to wear a face mask all the time - because that way you can't smoke!