Coronavirus and Pulmonary Hypertension Coronavirus Advice Hub

Face coverings

If you have pulmonary hypertension or another condition that makes wearing a face covering difficult, you do not have to wear one.

According to the UK Government website, “people are not required to prove they are exempt and it is for individuals to choose how they would want to communicate this to others”.

We have created an exemption notice that you can carry with you and choose to show if you wish.


You might want to print it off and carry it in your wallet or purse, or you may prefer to show it on the screen of your phone.

Rather wear a badge? You can print and attach smaller notices to your clothing by clicking here

If you don’t have a printer please email or call 01709 761450 and we will happily print and post you one.

The British Lung Foundation has the following advice about face coverings:

Wearing a face covering may reduce the risk of spreading infection by protecting people you come into contact with. Face coverings do not replace social distancing.

People with breathing problems and children under 2 or others who may find it difficult should not use face coverings.

If you feel comfortable wearing a mask when you’re in a public place and it’s hard to keep 2 metres away from other people, and you choose to wear a mask, please use a cloth covering and not a mask designed for clinical use.The NHS needs these supplies. You should also wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off.

Last medically reviewed: September, 2020 • Due for review: September, 2023