Covid-19: New corona measures in MV are in force


At the start of the week, residents in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania have to adjust to stricter corona measures. This includes, for example, a stricter mask requirement. Medical masks, such as surgical masks, FFP2 masks or KN95 masks, are then necessary in local transport and in shops. According to the State Chancellery, anyone wearing a fabric mask should not have to pay a fine this week.

 The  federal and state governments agreed on a partially tightened lockdown last week. © The se measures should initially apply until February 14th.

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Emergency care in daycare centers and schools

In regions with more than 150 new corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week, parents can only bring their children to daycare centers or schools for emergency care, provided they are in the 1st to 6th grade. For the final grades, such as grades 10 and 12, face-to-face teaching should be possible nationwide.

Although the seven-day incidence of infections in the Ludwigslust-Parchim district is just below 150, stronger protective measures will also apply there from Monday. After two so-called transition days, they will also come into force in the Vorpommern-Greifswald district on Wednesday. ©

 The y are already in force in the Mecklenburg Lake District.

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In the other districts as well as in Schwerin and Rostock, daycare centers and schools up to grade 6 remain open to all children. However, parents are urgently asked everywhere to look after their children at home if possible.

Many shops are still closed. This also applies to many leisure facilities such as cinemas, theaters, museums and gyms. Catering establishments are only allowed to sell or deliver their goods outside the home. Supermarkets, drugstores, banks and the post office are still open.

Doctors: Face masks protect against severe Covid-19 courses

According to the Rostock tropical medicine specialist Emil Reisinger, wearing face masks in public spaces not only makes a decisive contribution to reducing the spread of the coronavirus. In a study recently published in Deutsches Ärzteblatt, Reisinger wrote that even where infections were not avoided, reducing the infectious dose would most likely prevent symptomatic diseases or reduce their severity.

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Among other things, he referred to findings from the Swiss army. For two companies, masks and minimum distances were only ordered nine days after the first case of infection. After that, 30 percent of the soldiers fell ill with Covid-19, and Sars-CoV-2 antibodies were detected in 62 percent without symptoms. In another, spatially separate company, masks and minimum distances were arranged before the first case of infection. None of these soldiers was sick, antibodies were detected in only 15 percent.

Several studies evaluated

After evaluating several studies, Reisinger and his team came to the conclusion that the complication and death rates remained low in countries where mouth and nose covering is widespread. This applies, for example, to Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea, where masks were already common during the cold season before the Covid 19 pandemic. In other countries, however, contradicting messages confused people and reduced compliance with the mask requirement. “In addition to clear communication, the role model effect of those responsible is of decisive importance,” said Reisinger.

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In order to significantly reduce the transmission of corona viruses in everyday situations, cloth masks were usually sufficient, the expert emphasized. However, they should consist of at least three layers of dense fabric. For high-risk activities, especially for patients with SArs-CoV-2 infection, the Federal Office for Occupational Safety and Health recommends a better protective FFP2 mask for health workers.


 The  fact that surgical masks, FFP2 or KN95 masks now have to be worn in buses, trains and shops was met with skepticism from the head of the Institute for Medical Microbiology at Rostock University Medical Center, Andreas Podbielski. “FFP2 masks are intended for professionals in professional situations,” he said. “©

 The  FFP2 masks offer noticeable breathing resistance.” That is why labor law recommends a maximum wearing time of 75 minutes with a subsequent recovery time of 30 minutes.

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