Yasmina Kattou, edited by Solène Leroux
6:13 a.m., June 24, 2022
In recent days, due to a start of an increase in hospitalizations, the question has arisen again. Should measures be put in place to stop Covid-19, such as putting the mask back on? The question of the return of the mask is in any case well on the table, warns the president of the Orientation Council for the vaccine strategy Alain Fischer.
Cases of Covid-19 have been on the rise in recent weeks in France with nearly 80,000 cases, an increase of 50% in seven days! In recent days, due to a start of an increase in hospitalizations, the question has arisen again. Should measures be put in place to stop the Covid, such as putting the mask back on? The question of the return of the mask is in any case well on the table, warns Alain Fischer. The president of the Vaccine Strategy Advisory Council believes that it would be reasonable to cover your face in public transport as the epidemic is on the rise again.
According to Antoine Flahaut, epidemiologist at the University of Geneva, you should wear a mask in all enclosed places. “The mask, you have to see it as a filter”, he explains at the microphone of Europe 1. “If you are in a room which is bathed in coronavirus and you wear a mask, perhaps you will be infected, but you will be much less infected than your neighbors who do not wear a mask”, continues the specialist. “Simply because thanks to your mask, you will have a lot less viral particles that will enter the respiratory tree.”
Less risk of severe Covid with a mask
Thus, according to Antoine Flahaut, “the Covid-19 that you will develop will be much less severe, and you will have fewer complications”. The risk of developing a long Covid is also reduced in people who wear a mask.
To complete the protection of the mask, the epidemiologist puts forward another measure: the vaccination of the over 60s. Today, only a third of 60-79 year olds have received a second reminder. In the coming days, eight million people eligible for the fourth dose will receive a message from Health Insurance to remind them to get vaccinated.