SHOCKING new pictures have shown how important it is to wear masks amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Face marks have been a hotly debated topic during the coronavirus pandemic as many people have questioned how important they are in preventing infection.
In the UK it is mandatory to wear a face mask or covering on public transport and the government also advises that you should wear them in places where it is not possible to distance yourself from others.
One microbiologist has highlighted the importance of face masks with a set of grim photos which prove how vital they are against the pandemic.
Posting on Twitter, Dr Richard Davis shared a set of photos that revealed how big a difference masks can make when it comes to stopping the spread of respiratory droplets.
The photos show how the droplets spread with and without a mask.
Dr Davis used different methods such as sneezing, coughing, singing and talking to show how each one spreads the bacteria droplets.
In order to determine the spread he held agar cultures near his face and completed the actions twice, once wearing a surgical mask and once with no covering.
In order to show the difference he had to wait for the bacterias to grow.
He said: “Bacteria colonies show where droplets landed. A mask blocks virtually all of them.”
Wherever you can see a colony is where bacteria from the mouth landed.
In the UK people are currently advised two stay two metres apart where possible.
This rule is to be relaxed on July 4 to a one metre plus rule.