Saturday June 6, 2020

O‘Leary’s claim on benefit of face masks ‘unproven’

The Ryanair chief executive said the coverings eliminate about 98.5 per cent of the risk of spreading Covid-19, but this has been described as misleading by experts

18th May, 2020
Experts say wearing face masks are not a substitute for social distancing or hand washing, but that they can help the spread of the coronavirus if worn correctly. Picture: Getty

Michael O’Leary’s claims about the effectiveness of face masks in stemming the spread of Covid-19 have been played down by medical authorities.

On a number of occasions today O’Leary said Ryanair was “pushing hard for effective health measures” to allow the lifting of restrictions “including a return to commercial air travel”.

On an analyst call, the airline‘s chief executive derided the “utterly ineffective, nonsensical" 14-day...

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