Scotland is recommending its citizens wear “face coverings” in public to help slow the spread of coronavirus when social distancing is difficult to maintain – but the UK government in Westminster remains quiet on the issue.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said face coverings, such as a scarf – as opposed to “medical grade face masks” – might be of “some benefit” in “limited circumstances”.
She said covering your face in places such as supermarkets and while on public transport, might help stop the spread of Covid-19.
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Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.
Symptoms of coronavirus
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
- a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
- shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)
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In This Story: Nicola Sturgeon
Nicola Ferguson Sturgeon is a Scottish politician who is currently serving as the fifth First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party since November 2014. She is the first woman to hold either position.
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In This Story: Scotland
Scotland is a country in Western Europe which forms part of the United Kingdom. Its government was joined with that of England’s through the 1707 Acts of Union. A devolved government now administers many of the affairs of the country, though ultimate authority still resides with Westminster. Scotland has a distinct legal system and national sporting associations. 5.2 million people live in Scotland and the largest city in the country is Glasgow, though the capital is Edinburgh where the government sits at the Scottish Parliament opposite Holyrood Palace.
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UK is the abbreviated form of the United Kingdom of Great Britain.