At the beginning of the Corona crisis, ex-Mr. Corona Daniel Koch repeatedly warned that masks were not the solution. He refused a mask requirement. “There is still no reliable evidence that wearing a mask in public is a greater protective factor,” said Koch (64) at the end of May 2020.
This discussion is now off the table. Switzerland now wears masks in everyday life. And in different versions. Because not all mouth guards are the same. The Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) has therefore created an overview.
Simply holding a scarf or a scarf in front of your face does not provide sufficient protection. But the overview is suspicious. The FOPH also advises against wearing FFP2 masks. At the same time, self-sewn masks are recommended.
Correct handling is difficult
But how can that be? Why do self-sewn masks protect better than expensive FFP2 masks? The BAG writes: “With respiratory protection masks, such as FFP2 masks, it is difficult to guarantee reliability because, among other things, the handling and correct wearing of the respiratory protection masks pose difficulties.” One gets the impression that the BAG thinks Swiss people are too dumb to use an FFP2 mask correctly.
FFP2 masks were developed to protect against fine dust during certain work and are only recommended for nurses for certain, particularly risky interventions. The FOPH therefore recommends using self-sewn masks for everyday use.
There is an FFP2 obligation abroad
In contrast, the situation is very different in our neighboring countries. In Germany, self-made masks are no longer accepted in supermarkets and on public transport. A medical face mask or an FFP2 mask must be worn here. In Bavaria there has even been an FFP2 mask requirement since January 18, 2021. In Austria, too, passengers on buses, trains or mountain railways must wear an FFP2 mask.
Not so in Switzerland. Here you rely on the self-sewn masks. However, these should be made of multi-layer textiles, as the BAG writes. Simple fabric sewn into a face mask is not enough. (jmh)