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Academy statement: Wearing facemasks

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges believes the Government decision that facemasks should be mandatory in shops is correct and is something we were calling for. The mixed messages and indeed this further delay in introducing the arrangements only serve to add further risk.

Medical Royal Colleges are absolutely clear that the threat from COVID-19 is still out there. It will be dangerous and foolhardy to act as if this pandemic is all over. If people do not continue to observe the simple precautionary measures like social distancing, handwashing at all times and self-isolating when symptomatic or having tested positive we risk further flare-ups. This could result in further lockdowns and risk to the NHS with serious consequences for everyone as we head towards the winter period.

This message was made clear by the Academy of Medical Sciences in their report ‘Preparing for a challenging winter’ released today and is endorsed by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

Professor Carrie MacEwen, Chair of The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.