Will using a face covering take away PPE that is desperately needed by health and care workers?

Non-medical, cloth face coverings are different from PPE. It is important that PPE is reserved only for health and care workers and are not used by the general public.  For members of the public, face coverings can be made at home and do not need to be professionally made.   Many face coverings are washable and reusable, so require a smaller supply than single use PPE masks. You can find more information on how to make your own on the gov.uk website.