People with asthma or other lung conditions ‘should not wear a face mask’, experts warn.

People with asthma or other lung conditions should avoid wearing face masks, experts have warned.

The official advice from the UK government amid the coronavirus pandemic is to consider wearing a face covering in enclosed public spaces, such as on public transport or in supermarkets.

Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer, said: “Wearing a face covering is an added precaution that may have some benefit in reducing the likelihood that a person with the infection passes it on.

“The most effective means of preventing the spread of this virus remains following social distancing rules and washing your hands regularly. It does not remove the need to self-isolate if you have symptoms.”

However, Asthma UK has warned that wearing a face mask can actually make breathing harder for the 12% of Brits with asthma.

Woman using asthma inhaler

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