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Q&A: Why the jury's still out on the merits of face masks

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Covered: A model poses in colourful hand-embroidered face masks at her workshop in Hanoi. Photo: Nhac NGUYEN/AFP

Covered: A model poses in colourful hand-embroidered face masks at her workshop in Hanoi. Photo: Nhac NGUYEN/AFP

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Covered: A model poses in colourful hand-embroidered face masks at her workshop in Hanoi. Photo: Nhac NGUYEN/AFP

Q: The debate over whether people should wear face masks in public during the Covid-19 crisis has reignited. Why is it back on the agenda?

A: It follows remarks by Dr David Nabarro, the World Health Organisation's Covid-19 envoy, who has said people should get accustomed to a new reality of always wearing a facial covering.

Q: Is he talking about after some lockdown restrictions have been eased?