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Entertainment Duchess of Cornwall dons plastic visor and a face mask to serve lunch

17:16  08 october  2020
17:16  08 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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The Duchess of Cornwall today donned a face shield for the second time in public as she headed to Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire to serve lunch to meet volunteers who have overcome recent challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Camilla, 73, sported a classic Burberry trench coat and floral face mask before heading inside where she donned the visor and a black apron to serve lunch.

The royal who is President of the  Royal Voluntary Service looked delighted as she met volunteers and chatted to well-wishers at the  Mill End Community Centre.

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Ensuring she stayed as safe as possible, the royal donned both a face mask and a plastic visor as served up lunch.

a man and woman cutting a cake: The Duchess of Cornwall today donned a face shield in public as she headed to Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire to serve lunch to meet volunteers who have overcome recent challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic © Provided by Daily Mail The Duchess of Cornwall today donned a face shield in public as she headed to Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire to serve lunch to meet volunteers who have overcome recent challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic a group of people wearing costumes: Camilla, 73, sported a classic Burberry trench coat and floral face mask before heading inside where she donned the visor and a black apron to serve lunch © Provided by Daily Mail Camilla, 73, sported a classic Burberry trench coat and floral face mask before heading inside where she donned the visor and a black apron to serve lunch

The RVS make  cooked lunches on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for locals in the area.

Showing off her easy style, Camilla donned brown leather shoes and a complementing clutch bag as she headed to the venue.

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Keeping jewellery to a minimum, the wife of Prince Charles accessorised with simple bangles.

To ensure a practical look while serving guests,  Camilla kept her hair well-coiffed and back while keeping make-up to a minimum.

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Her appearance in a visor comes a month after she first donned the plastic face covering, making her the first royal to do so.

However some social media users noted Camilla appeared to wear the visor 'too high' on her head to provide adequate covering of her face.

UK-based pharmacist Navid Sole also warned a visor is not as effective as a face mask in stopping the spread of Covid-19, although it is better than wearing no face covering.

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Camilla seemed to have learned from the previous occasion and ensured the visor covered her entire face on today's outing.

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The royal also kept the blue floral mask on under the visor to ensure maximum protection.

It comes after Camilla's stepson Prince Edward stepped out in a plastic face shield for a visit to Surrey as research emerged suggesting they don't work in stopping the spread of Covid-19 .

The Earl of Wessex, 56, who lives with his wife Sophie, 55, and their children Lady Louise Windsor, 16, and James Viscount Severn, 12, at Bagshot Park, between Windsor and Guildford, visited Yvonne Arnaud Theatre yesterday.

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His engagement came as a study warned that plastic face shields allow nearly 100 per cent of tiny airborne droplets released by coronavirus-infected patients to escape through visors.

It's been a busy week for the Duchess, who yesterday met well-wishers to visit a cancer charity Maggie's Barts, donning a green itak print facemask.

The Duchess, who has been president of Maggie's since 2008, looked in high spirits as she made her way into the medical facility, wearing a stylish emerald green pleated dress - to the knee - and accessorising with a matching black leather Chanel handbag.

The mask features a green ikat print, with splashes of green and pink, and is made by seamstresses who have been supported through the Turquoise Mountain Textiles programme, which Prince Charles set up in 2016.

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On her feet, looked to be a pair of smart black heels by one of the royal's favourite brands, Sole Bliss.

As the Duchess arrived, she was greeted by Dame Laura Lee DBE, Chief Executive of Maggie's. Camilla first became President of Maggie’s in November 2008 after a visit to the cancer care facility in Edinburgh in July 2008.

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Some people have even been seen with homemade attempts, such as wearing lunchboxes or water bottles over their faces.

But do visors work?

Some research has shown that people are at risk of becoming more seriously ill with COVID-19 if they receive a larger 'viral load' - the first dose of viruses that they are infected with.

Epidemiologist Dr Eli Perencevich and a team of scientists at the University of Iowa said a visor could reduce the amount of virus someone inhaled by up to 92 per cent form 2m away from the source.

They said: 'Face shields... should be included as part of strategies to safely and significantly reduce transmission in the community setting.'

Dr Robert Glatter, a doctor at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said that early data was 'promising'.

But research carried out before the pandemic does not show any clear benefits of using visors on their own, other scientists say.

A study by the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) done in 2016 found there is no proof to back up claims that face shields work on their own.

He said viruses or bacteria could come in through around the edges of the visor and still cause infection — and said they should only be used in addition to other PPE.

Lawrence Young, a virologist and oncologist, University of Warwick, told MailOnline: 'I don’t know of any systematic studies properly evaluating the benefits of face shields.'

He noted an 'interesting' review led by the University of Hong which comprehensively explored the different types of facial protection measures, including masks.

The team highlighted the fact that ‘strong evidence is lacking in terms of the effectiveness of face shields against the transmission of viral respiratory diseases'.

Writing in the journal Oral Diseases, the team add: 'Because most face shields do not form a tight seal around the side of the face and chin area, they do not offer protection against aerosols leaking in from the margins of the face shields.'

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Tiered lockdowns are reviving the north-south divide .
The North has become the epicentre of England's second wave of coronavirus, with the toughest restrictions imposed in some areas. Sky News political editor Beth Rigby has spent this week touring the towns and cities in the North where tiered lockdowns have shattered normal life for millions of people.Walk into the centre of Bradford and the impact of COVID-19 on this city in West Yorkshire is plain to see.

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