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are we all going to have to wear a mask again in transport?

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Yasmina Kattou, edited by Yanis Darras
06:05, December 05, 2022modified to

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06:24, December 05, 2022

Faced with the resumption of the Covid-19 epidemic in France, more and more members of the government are calling for the mask to be worn again in transport and closed places. If the message is primarily aimed at vulnerable people, everyone could well be affected by the measure.

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Elisabeth Borne, François Braun… Within the government, calls to wear the mask are increasing. And for good reason, the number of cases of Covid-19 detected in France has exploded in recent weeks. According to Covidtracker, an average of 50,000 cases are detected per day, an increase of 39% compared to last week.

Relieve the hospital

Objective for the executive with these calls to wear the mask “in transport and in places of high promiscuity”: to avoid overloading the hospital, already confronted with epidemics of bronchiolitis and influenza. And for the message to be as effective as possible, priority should be given to the elderly, immunocompromised or pregnant women, believes Fabien Quedeville, a doctor in Ile-de-France.

“For a measure to be well accepted, it must be targeted”, he explains at the microphone of Europe 1. “It is better to persuade those who are most at risk, to wear the mask or rather the FFP2, because it is a tool which is of better protection”, adds the doctor.

Too much circulation of the virus

Because FFP2 filters 94% of aerosols. But each week the number of contaminations increases by 40% on average, mathematically, fragile people multiply the risk of being infected. “Even if they take a lot of precautions, they will end up being infected. And for some of them, by dying,” warns epidemiologist Pascal Crepey.

The latter therefore recommends wearing a mask in all places of high promiscuity, whether you are fragile or not.

Source: Europe1

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