Coronavirus: Politicians advocate mouth protection

Coronavirus: Politicians advocate mouth protection

Next week, the federal and state governments will discuss how to proceed in the corona crisis. Individual politicians are already commenting on this: “Mouthguards for everyone,” says Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig.

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There is still a blockage of contacts in the corona crisis – but what will happen if the measures are relaxed? Politicians, doctors and also the Association of German Criminal Police Officers are now expressing their views on respiratory masks and the obligation to wear them. But hardly anyone is more specific about exactly how this mouthguard should look. After all, even medical staff can hardly be reliably equipped with protective clothing and masks. And there are great doubts about the meaning of fabric masks from domestic production.

So look Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig, for example, come with a general mask requirement. “We will only be able to step up public life step by step. And we need additional measures such as mouth protection for everyone,” said Schwesig of the “Bild am Sonntag”.

North Rhine-Westphalia Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) has presented an expert concept for a gradual lifting of the restrictions, as reported by the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung” (“FAS”). Here, too, breathing masks are recommended for everyone.

The team of experts suggests “gradually re-admitting individual areas of public life”. This included schools, universities and retail. Shops should open earlier than discotheques, tables should be far apart in restaurants and only a few guests should be allowed. Football games, trade fairs and congresses, on the other hand, would have to remain prohibited for longer.

Laschet had not yet seen a mask requirement coming on Thursday and thus distanced himself from his colleague Markus SOder (CSU) in Bavaria: “I don’t see a mask requirement for all of Germany at the moment,” says Laschet in the ZDF “Morgenmagazin”. When deciding on measures such as distance rules and hygiene precautions, he relies on the soon expected result of a study in the Heinsberg district, which was particularly badly affected early on.

SOder had advocated a gradual loosening of public restrictions under strict conditions and described the requirement of a mask as very likely. It had to be discussed jointly whether and which stores in Germany could be reopened. However, rules such as intervals or disinfection would then have to be observed.

SOder described as problematic changes to the current restrictions in areas in which it is difficult to keep away – specifically in the catering trade, in clubs, discotheques, hotels and also at larger events.

The WHO rejects homemade knits

Frank Ulrich Montgomery, Chairman of the Board of the World Medical Association, responded to SOder’s statement: “Personally, I don’t think much of the mask requirement,” he told Bayerischer Rundfunk on Tuesday. “Anyone who carries the virus should wear a mask. But that’s not 83 million that Mr. SOder wants to make happy with his mask requirement, but that’s still only 130,000 at the moment.”

The very high quality masks with full protection should be reserved for medical personnel, said Montgomery. “There are currently no general masks for everyone to buy. And I think it is absurd to impose duties on people that they cannot perform at all.”

Self-knitted masks or other masks would “even be rejected by the World Health Organization because the virus can concentrate in them and the infection is then promoted when you touch it.”

However, he also “sewed a mask on himself and of course I wear a mask when I go public, also to express my solidarity and my courtesy towards my fellow human beings. But you have to wash them often, you have to take care of them, this mask. ”

The head of the Federation of German Criminal Investigation Officers, Sebastian Fiedler, approved wearing a face mask in public spaces on Thursday. “I can not understand that there is no louder debate in Germany about combining loosening with masks that everyone wears outside,” he said in the SWR. “That would also be a great relief for all emergency services.” After all, when riding a motorcycle you had to put on a helmet, when driving a car you had to buckle up: “So why shouldn’t we put on a mask these days?”

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the state premiers want to discuss the next phase of the fight against the novel corona virus on Wednesday. Then it should also be a question of how to proceed with the contact restrictions and other measures that were limited until April 19.

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