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Source: United Kingdom – Executive Government & Departments

The Secretary of State for Health of the UK, Matt Hancock, said this morning on BBC Radio 4 Today that face coverings will not be made mandatory in offices.

Prof Rowland Kao, Sir Timothy O’Shea Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology and Data Science, University of Edinburgh, said:

“An important point about the difference between offices and shops is that, while offices may in fact be higher risk to particular individuals, they are less likely to expose a large number of people to COVID-19 than interactions in shops or public spaces – while this will be workplace dependent of course, they will tend to expose a smaller group of people for a longer period of time, whereas interactions in shops will expose many people for a shorter period.

“Also, should an infection be detected the role of contact tracing is going to be vital in preventing a large outbreak.  As the people you meet in offices are much easier and more likely to contact trace than the chance contacts in shops, reducing infections due to casual contact (as wearing face masks in shops will do) will play a big role in allowing contact tracing to work well.”

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