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If you don’t have a mask, should you wear a scarf, as the mayor of New York suggests?

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Bill de Blasio advises to protect the face. In France, the Academy of Medicine now promotes “alternative” masks.

Bill de Blasio advises wearing a scarf or bandana.
Bill de Blasio advises wearing a scarf or bandana. EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

THE QUESTION.It can be a scarf, something you made at home, a bandana” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio asked city residents to cover their faces when they leave their homes on Thursday. Is this protection sufficient or even useful to guard against the new coronavirus?

CHECK. In his speech, the mayor of New York clarified that it was not necessary to wear a professional mask. On the contrary, he insisted, “we don’t want you to use the masks that emergency workers and caregivers need“, And it is not certain that they could be available in sufficient quantities until the end of the pandemic. The debate over wearing a mask is raging in the United States, but also in Europe. The head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Gao Fu, explained in an interview with the magazine Science than “the big mistake in the U.S. and Europe is that people

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