So far, taking a face mask is (almost) considered commonplace to prevent the spread of COVID-19 along with your keys, cellphone and bag when you leave the house. However, new guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) say that on rainy days we should all pack replacement face masks …

Why is that? Well, it turns out that rain can greatly affect the effectiveness of masks that the WHO warns you should switch to new ones if yours gets wet (and hey, because we live in the UK and it falls very often now, it can happen).

“All masks must be changed when they are wet or look dirty. Wet masks should not be used for a long time. Change the masks as soon as they are wet with new, clean, and dry masks,” WHO said.

That advice was echoed by the Department of Health and Social Welfare (DHSC), which says on its website that the general public should “change facial coverings if they get wet or if you touch them”. Is someone surprised but also very happy about it? This is definitely not something we have fully thought about so far.

Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, spoke to the Times about the matter and said the story had to be made public. “It would be helpful now to provide clear advice to the public. Masks need to be changed regularly. This is very important to understand in wet and humid weather.”

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“All masks must be changed when they are wet or look dirty. Wet masks should not be used for a long time. Change the masks as soon as they are wet with new, clean, and dry masks,” WHO said.

That advice was echoed by the Department of Health and Social Welfare (DHSC), which says on its website that the general public should “change facial coverings if they get wet or if you touch them”. Is someone surprised but also very happy about it? This is definitely not something we have fully thought about so far.

Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, spoke to the Times about the matter and said the story had to be made public. “It would be helpful now to provide clear advice to the public. Masks need to be changed regularly. This is very important to understand in wet and humid weather.”

If you are looking for a new mask, can we recommend checking out our best range which is constantly being updated

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