FFP2 face masks mandatory in Germany
On January 19, the federal and state governments, among other things, tightened the rules for mandatory masks. In the future, at least medical face masks, so-called surgical masks, must be worn on public transport and in stores. Masks with the FFP2 standards are even safer. The simple mouth-nose cover is no longer sufficient.
Wearing a mask is also mandatory on Deutsche Bahn trains and on the planes of many airlines. In addition, there are individual regulations in individual communities, companies and at public events. What is the difference between the different types of masks, how can you recognize a good quality one and what should you keep in mind when wearing them?
Medical face masks primarily protect against droplets
Even in the pre-coronavirus era, many doctors and dentists used a protective mouth-nose mask (MNS). Also known as a surgical, surgical or medical face mask, it is made of multi-layered plastic with folds for a better fit. With an approval according to NEN-EN 14683, this type of mask is considered a medical face mask with a certain filtering capacity. The CE mark on the packaging indicates that the legal quality requirements have been met.
Surgical masks protect other people in the immediate vicinity primarily from droplets that the mask wearer disperses from the mouth and nose, for example, when speaking or coughing, and not from aerosols. For the wearer, they offer only a certain degree of self-protection. Surgical masks are intended for single use, but can be used several times if worn for only a short time. Regular replacement is recommended.
Reuse FFP2 masks: dry instead of wash.
FFP masks and cellulose surgical masks should not be washed, otherwise filter performance would be significantly reduced. Although the masks are considered disposable, many experts see no problem in using them several times - up to five times - for private use. Especially if they are only worn for a short time, for example when shopping. Afterwards, they should preferably be hung on a hook and dried at room temperature.
A research project by the University of Applied Sciences and the University of Münster has shown that in FFP2 masks almost all infectious coronaviruses have disappeared after seven days of drying. The researchers recommend not wearing masks on two consecutive days, but using seven marked masks in succession if possible.
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