An FFP2 mask or medical mask must be worn on public transport and in shops. We clarify the most important questions.
The state of Hesse has one Stricter mask requirement in local public transport, in shops and in religious services.
- To protect against the spread of the Coronavirus now medical masks or masks of the standard have to be in these places FFP2 be worn.
- We explain what the FFP2 Masks differs from others and what needs to be considered.
Frankfurt – Since the introduction of the tightened mask requirement in the Corona-Krise there is a real rush on FFP2 Masks and medical masks. Anyone who wants to travel by bus and train in the future can no longer simply use a scarf or an everyday mask on fabric.
What about the availability of FFP2 masks?
The pharmacies have been giving out FFP2 masks free of charge to high-risk patients since September,” says association spokeswoman Katja Förster. On average, around 20,000 masks have been placed per pharmacy in the past few months. And the supply chains also work well, emphasizes Förster. Representatives of some drugstores recently made similar statements to the Rheinische Post.
What does FFP2 mean – and what is the difference to medical masks?
The filter protects against solid and liquid substances. If one FFP2-Mask can be reused, can be determined by means of an imprint. If the letter “R” is on the mask, it can be worn again. If “NR” is noted, the mask is intended for single use only.
Medical masks – also OP masks called – protect the environment from Aerosols and especially of droplets that can serve as carriers of Sars-CoV-2. However, these mask types do not offer self-protection.
Are there alternatives to FFP2?
The protective effect of KN95 masks is with FFP2 Masks comparable, says Katja Förster from the Hessian Pharmacists Association. Some of the masks are with the KN95-Standard also available in German pharmacies. If you want to be on the safe side, you can get a written confirmation from the supervisory authority at the pharmacy. This proves the quality of the mask. Until mid-September 2020 KN95 masks imported from China because there is not enough in Germany FFP2 Masks gave.
How do I know the quality of the FFP2 masks?
The re are currently two of them in Germany. On the website of the EU Commission, the test number can be used to determine where the mask was tested.
What do FFP2 masks currently cost?
The Prices per mask large online mail order companies usually cost between one and two euros per mask. Pharmacies are usually a bit higher. But caution is advised. Just because the marking is on a mask FFP2 or KN95 does not mean that this automatically has a high protective effect. Inferior masks are also currently in circulation.
The Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund makes it particularly easy for its passengers. He wants to give out medical masks for free.
FFP2 masks: are cloth masks now banned?
No, the obligation to wear one FFP2-Mask or medical mask as a measure against that Corona-Krise only applies to local public transport, shops and church services. In other situations, the so-called everyday masks can still be worn. However, it is assumed that these offer less protection.
What should you watch out for when using FFP2 masks?
The nasal clip has to be pressed properly, ”says Katja Förster from the Hessian Pharmacists’ Association. You should only touch your mask with clean hands and ideally only by the loops. (Daniel Seeger)
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