The difference between the gas masks from 1939 and the facemasks used today are that todays facemasks cannot be reused over and over again. With a total population over 60 million in the UK the logistics of supplying the entire population with a constant supply of facemasks is probably not possible. This would also have to take place at the same time as supplying PPE to the NHS and all other essential users where there are already issues of keeping supplies in line with requirements.
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