This Morning’s Dr Chris Steele has advised against wearing gloves, and said that coronavirus masks should be destroyed after use.
Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford brought in the medical professional for his expertise, after it was ruled that face coverings would be mandatory on public transport from 15 June.
‘I think this is a good directive, it’s not just the mask, it’s face covering,’ he said of the new rule.
However, he added: ‘If you’re wearing a mask, when you get home you should destroy it.
‘If you’re wearing a face covering, remember the outside could be contaminated…you should put it into the wash at 60 degrees to make sure you kill the virus.’
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Dr Chris went on to say: ‘I can’t understand why people are wearing gloves,’ reasoning that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has also said that it’s not advised.
While he said that one benefit of gloves might be people being more aware of not touching their face, the best action is simply to wash your hands.
‘Taking the gloves off can be a dodgy business,’ he admitted.
Face coverings will be mandatory for passengers on public transport in England from 15 June.
People on trains, buses, aircrafts and all other forms of public transport must wear face coverings to protect others around them as non-essential shops and secondary schools are opened, transport secretary Grant Shapps said on Thursday.
Those who refuse to comply with the new regulations could be refused travel and could be fined under the National Rail Conditions of Travel and the Public Service Vehicle Regulations for Buses.
Mr Shapps said surgical masks should be saved for clinical settings, but travellers will be expected to wear ‘the kind of face-covering that you can easily make at home’.
Some will be exempt from the new rules, including very young children, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties.
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
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