Masks make sense in the age of Corona

Many people are reluctant to wear masks against the Coronavirus, but the obligation to cover the mouth and nose in public transport and in shops is evident. A study by four universities backs this claim. The scientists examined developments in Jena and similar cities. Jena had already introduced the mask requirement on April 6th, other cities did not follow until two or three weeks later. The study found that the mask requirement has contributed to slow the spread of Covid-19, according to the summary by Klaus Wäldle (University of Mainz). The World Health Organization (WHO) has also changed its stance in the meantime and recommends wearing mouth-nose protection. Risk groups should even use medical masks. A British team of researchers investigated even further. They wanted to find out how restrictions (contact block, lockdown, closed schools and borders) work. The researchers shared their findings in the journal “Nature”. By the beginning of May, this procedure had prevented around 3.1 million, possibly even up to 3.5 million deaths in eleven European countries.

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Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie: Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Mostafa Elyasian, 23.06.2020

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