In other countries, people have to wear masks, why not here?

Are you going to do in Austria or the Czech Republic groceries, then you require a face mask on. And in the US it is also becoming more common. President Donald Trump says even: do a scarf over your mouth. Because: “That is thicker than a face mask.” In the Netherlands do not have it. Why not?

It’s the question asked among others Johanna, Edith, Rudolf and Ellen. And that question is justified, as even the World Health Organization (WHO) doubt what is wisdom. A new report from Hong Kong showed a face mask may help to spread anyway.

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By the face mask would not be protected against the virus, reports the study, but it would help if you are infected themselves, spreading further to counteract.

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However, the WHO has not said masks do it, ‘better safe than sorry’. That’s because wearing a mask possible false security entails. Therefore people would behave less neat, and so maybe at risk.

Misuse

In addition, improper use of a face mask can also cause an infection. For example when you touch the cover to the front when the outlet, and then touch your face while the virus may have nested after the first use of the mask.

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And that’s exactly why you need to wear masks in the Netherlands. A good decision, agrees Ellanie de Bruijne, infection prevention expert at the VU University Medical Center. “This is the most effective measure remains 1.5 meters, a good cough and sneeze discipline and washing hands. This has the most impact and remains the most important.”

The Bruijne also indicates that the masks false security in hand work. “It may be that people do not take over 1.5 meters in eight because they think they are protected. If someone then cough or sneeze, you can still be infected.”

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