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Wearing a mask or face covering if you have a lung condition

A lot of national authorities in countries across Europe have advised that you must wear a mask or a face covering when you leave the house or when you go to certain places where social distancing cannot be maintained such as on public transport or in supermarkets. This has been advised to limit the spread of COVID-19 as lock-down measures ease.

People with lung conditions have contacted us and want to better understand why face coverings are needed, whether a face covering will help them, what face coverings or masks are best for them, and to answer their concerns about wearing face coverings. We hope that the following information will help.