This despite the United Kingdom being one of the world's most affected coronavirus countries – it ranks third behind Brazil and the United States – with nearly 45,000 killed.
And in the United States, a new study showed that one of the most important drivers in the case now may be "silent spreaders," or people who are asymptomatic or presymptomatic.
The report, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that asymptomatic or presymptomatic hosts could be responsible for half of the cases, and highlighted how masks could be helpful in preventing the spread of the virus.
"We have now identified compelling decades-old and apparently forgotten evidence, from the time when surgical masks were made of cloth and were reusable, which shows that they help prevent airborne infectious transmission. There is even some evidence that masks can directly benefit the user, "author Paul Edelstein, emeritus professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, said.
Edlestein explained: "There are people with no symptoms going on in their daily activities who unconsciously exhale drops that carry the virus. If they had their face covered, most of these drops would have been caught before they could infect other people. Facial coatings can help save lives and prevent the deactivation of diseases. "
So if the basics are" easy to understand ", as Edlestein said, why is Britain so reluctant to clamp on masks?
Becoming an outlier
It was found that by the end of April in the UK, around 25% of people wore face masks or coatings in public places. This is staggeringly low compared to 83.4% in Italy and 63.8% in Spain in the same period.
"I have no regrets," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during the congressional ceremony last week. "At the time, there was a lack of equipment that our health professionals needed … we didn't want to derive masks and PPE from them."
" People can rightly ask why you have to wear a mask on a train, but not in a store. If guidance is inconsistent, people will follow their own preferences, "Ramakrishnan said. He argued that the British people may not" really understand the benefits or are not convinced of them. "
There have also been cracks in a British approach to masks, with the devolved nations having the power to decide their own coronavirus measures. Northern Ireland is on par with England in mandated masks on public transport but not shops. Scotland has gone a step further and made it mandatory to have facial coat in stores from July 10. In Wales, masks are not mandatory in stores or on public transportation.