Coronavirus face coverings under the nose equivalent to ‘not wearing a mask’: experts

Masks are an excellent tool to curb the spread of COVID-19 indoors and in scenarios where physical distancing is difficult, but experts have emphasized that they have to be worn properly in order to offer any protection to the wearer and those around them.

The mask wearing guidelines from the WHO and CDC make it clear that the mask needs to cover both the mouth and nose. The reason for this is that people breathe through their nose as well as their mouth. Wearing a mask over the nose helps protect the wearer and people around them.

I see it everywhere. I see it in grocery stores… I tend to see it, actually, (with) people wearing their masks outside. If someone’s got their nose peeking out, it’s really no different than not wearing a mask.

Colin Furness, an infection control epidemiologist with the University of Toronto