face masks

Face masks in schools: a note on the evidence

24 February 2021 11:54 pm

Secondary-school children returning to school from 8 March will be required to wear masks in classrooms, at least for several…

My cure for the common cold

19 December 2020 9:00 am

You really don’t want to know about my coughs and sneezes, particularly during the festive season, but bear with me…

Is zero Covid achievable? A scientific debate about the virus

19 December 2020 9:00 am

A scientific debate about the virus

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Criminal gangs are making billions from fake medical supplies during COVID

24 November 2020 6:14 am

While it’s great news that Pfizer, BioNTech, AstraZeneca and other pharmaceutical companies are developing vaccines to prevent people from getting…

Landmark Danish study shows face masks have no significant effect

19 November 2020 6:45 pm

Do face masks work? Earlier this year, the UK government decided that masks could play a significant role in stopping…

The transatlantic mask divide

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Should we wear our masks? The question has been on my mind as I have been battered that way and…

Dear Mary: How can my celebrity husband still be recognised in a face mask?

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Q. I am running out of suitable responses to a friend who now has the slightest possible connection to one…

Will the next U-turn be on face masks at work?

27 August 2020 12:20 am

There’s a new trend emerging when it comes to Covid-19 policy: where Scotland leads, England follows. In recent weeks, decisions…

The danger of following ‘the science’

22 August 2020 9:00 am

I have decided to divorce my wife after 31 years on scientific grounds. Though perfectly happy, on reassessing my original…

Dear Mary: What can I do about fellow passengers who won’t wear face masks?

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Q. On my way to Devon recently I stopped for lunch with an impeccably mannered friend. He produced first crab…

Letters: Will office workers ever want to return?

15 August 2020 9:00 am

The future of offices Sir: I agree with much of Gerard Lyons’s article about the future of the capital (‘London…

Letters: How to slim down the nation

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Peer review Sir: A neat solution to the levels of inactivity of some members of the House of Lords (‘Peer…

Letters: What cycle helmets can tell us about face masks

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Masking the truth Sir: Matthew Parris is right to laud the importance of embracing the scientific method (‘Why should opinion…

Why should I have to wear a face mask to give blood?

25 July 2020 9:00 am

Why should I have to wear a mask to give blood?

In an age of science, why are face masks a matter of opinion?

25 July 2020 9:00 am

In 1846 Vienna, as across much of the world, a relatively new disease called puerperal (or ‘childbed’) fever had reached…


Trump shouldn’t wear a mask

22 July 2020 4:53 am

Next time Donald Trump poses for a photo call in one of those ridiculous, unnecessary and completely off-brand face masks,…

Why I will wear a face mask

18 July 2020 9:00 am

We are enjoined by certain experts to wear face masks while having sexual intercourse. No change there, then, for me.…

The confusion in government goes beyond face masks

18 July 2020 9:00 am

When Michael Gove delivered the Ditchley Annual Lecture last month he spoke about why citizens feel that the political system…

Why face masks weren’t compulsory during WW2

15 July 2020 6:42 pm

Britain has been here before when it comes to furores about face masks. Exactly 80 years ago the same argument…

Will making face masks compulsory help us get back to normal?

14 July 2020 4:00 pm

The government will announce today that from 24 July face coverings will be mandatory in shops and supermarkets. Those who…