Kerry Katona heads to the airport in a face mask amid coronavirus crisis – The Sun

KERRY Katona has travelled to the airport for her holiday wearing a medical face mask amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The 39-year-old took a selfie in the back of a car with her face covered as she prepared to jet away.

In good spirits, she also wore shades and made a peace sign with her fingers.

Alongside the snap, she wrote: "Taking no risks at the airport ?."

Her followers were quick to inform that the masks only prevented cross infection and wouldn't stop her contracting the virus if she came into contact with it.

One follower commented: "A mask won’t stop you getting it, it’s airborn so you can pick it up from handrails, money, clothing etc. using hand Sanitizer frequently and washing hands/clothing is way more effective."

As another said: "Masks literally do not stop cross infection— May as well not wear it.."

Yesterday Kerry shared a clip of her new purple hair ahead of her holidays, and she also opened a pair of brand new Alexander McQueen trainers for the trip.

Many people have taken to wearing face masks in the hope that it might stop the spread of the new coronavirus.

In fact the rush to buy the protective gear has caused some pharmacies to run out, even in small villages in the UK.

Experts have previously said that face masks do little in the way of protection, especially if they're not worn properly.

But now one medic has warned that they might actually make the situation worse – and increase your risk of catching Covid-19.

Infection prevention specialist Eli Perencevich, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Iowa’s College of Medicine, said on Twitter: “Masks won’t protect the average person.

"Because they will wear them incorrectly and autocontaminate themselves."

Prof Perencevich added: "I’ve never seen a person practice hand hygiene before removing a mask in public and then after removing the mask."

He told Forbes that the average healthy person does not need to have a mask.

“There’s no evidence that wearing masks on healthy people will protect them,” he said.

“They wear them incorrectly, and they can increase the risk of infection because they’re touching their face more often.

“The one time you would want a mask is if you’re sick and you have to leave the house.

"If you have the flu or think you have Covid, that’s when you’d put on a mask to protect others.

"In your house, if you feel like you’re sick, you should wear a mask to protect your family members.”

Other experts have also warned that face masks aren't much use – and could give off a "false sense of security".

Dr Ben Killingley, consultant at University College London Hospital, said: "Wearing masks can give a false sense of reassurance and might lead to other infection control practices being ignored, e.g. hand hygiene."

David Powell, a doctor and medical adviser to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), also warned that face masks do little to stop the spread of the bug on planes.

He told Bloomberg that the air in a plane cabin goes through filters – the same type used in hospital operating theatres – that eliminate upwards of 99.97 per cent of viruses.

And since the virus can't survive long on seats or armrest (it needs a living host), you're more likely to catch it through physical contact with another passenger.

How to protect yourself from coronavirus

The new coronavirus is continuing to sweep its way across the globe with Britain seeing more cases in people who aren't linked to outbreaks overseas.

Symptoms of Covid-19 can include:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • difficulty breathing

In most cases, you won't know whether you have a coronavirus or a different cold-causing virus.

But if a coronavirus infection spreads to the lower respiratory tract, it can cause pneumonia, especially in older people, people with heart disease or people with weakened immune systems.

It is incredibly contagious and is spread through contact with anything the virus is on as well as infected breath, coughs or sneezes.

The best way to prevent catching any form of coronavirus is to practice good hygiene.

If you have cold-like symptoms, you can help protect others by staying home when you are sick and avoiding contact with others.

Call NHS 111 if you suffer any of these symptoms.

Source: NHS

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