60 million consumers alert the French

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and faced with the shortage of surgical masks, the homemade fabric mask has been popular. But this solution has proven to be very ineffective in preventing the disease.

the Covid-19, caregivers, police, garbage collectors or even building professionals, on the front line facing the coronavirus, are asking for FFP2 masks to protect themselves. “data-reactid =” 24 “> Beware of fabric masks. While Europe is currently hit full force by the Covid-19, caregivers, police, garbage collectors or even building professionals, on the front line facing the coronavirus, are asking for FFP2 masks to protect themselves.

60 million consumers has great doubts about their effectiveness. “data-reactid =” 25 “> Faced with the shortage, many companies and individuals are thus tempted to make fabric masks. The tutorials to make his homemade mask are currently blooming on the Web. This Wednesday, 60 million consumers has great doubts about their effectiveness.

To support his argument, the magazine of the National Institute of Consumer Affairs cites two studies. “In 2008, researchers in the Netherlands noted that all types of masks reduced exposure to aerosols, but that homemade masks were the least effective,” said the site.

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Homemade mask “as a last resort”

Rebelote in 2013. This time, it was the British who were interested in the issue. In a study dating from 2013, they established that the surgical mask was the most effective against health risks, in front of the mask made from… a vacuum cleaner bag and the cloth towel. Except that the latter two are not usable since they do not allow to breathe properly.

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“A homemade mask should only be considered as a last resort to prevent the transmission of droplets from infected people,” write the authors in this study relayed by 60 million consumers. And to add: “The weak protective capacities of a homemade mask must be emphasized so as not to take unnecessary risks.”

When to use a mask?

WHO remember some rules. If you are in good health, do not use a mask unless you are in contact with a person infected with Covid-19. The mask should not prevent you from respecting the barrier gestures that you know now and above all, it does not exempt you from a regular hand washing with an alcoholic solution or with water with soap. “Data-reactid =” 35 “> Faced with this health crisis, WHO remember some rules. If you are in good health, do not use a mask unless you are in contact with a person infected with Covid-19. The mask should not prevent you from respecting the barrier gestures that you know now and above all, it does not exempt you from regular hand washing with an alcoholic solution or with soap and water.

How to use it ?

Before putting the mask on your face, be sure to wash your hands. Apply it so that it covers your nose and mouth and never touch it again. And to withdraw it? “Take it out from behind (do not touch the front of the mask), immediately throw it in a closed bin and wash your hands,” advises the WHO.

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