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The face mask has become our daily companion. But when will we find our way back to normality - without a mask? Christian Drosten gives an assessment.

The face mask has become our daily companion.

But when will we find our way back to normality - without a mask?

Christian Drosten gives an assessment.

  • With the mask requirement * in some public rooms, the government wants to prevent the corona virus from spreading further.

  • But mouth and nose protection is a nuisance, especially in warm temperatures.

  • How long we will continue to wear a face mask depends on the further development of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Celebrity virologist Christian Drosten has a grim prognosis


Munich - Some have long since got used to wearing face masks in public transport and shops, others are longing for the good old days before Corona - without a mask.

But rising Covid-19 infection numbers and the imposition of new, stricter corona rules in Munich and other hotspots are making hope dwindle that we will

soon be able to leave the house without a face mask in




It is true that the obligation to wear a face mask is linked to the development of the number of infections -

and these cannot be predicted


But there are some predictions about how long we will probably wear the face mask.

Covid-19 expert Christian Drosten, institute director at the Charité in Berlin with a research focus on virology, also names a possible scenario - which many should not like.

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Corona all-clear not in sight: mask requirement by the end of 2021?

Virologist Drosten, who developed the world's first corona diagnostic test, is not very optimistic


the future: "In other parts of the world (

editor's note

: e.g. Germany

), where the concept is to avoid widespread virus transmission and Waiting for a vaccine to

be deployed, we can expect to wear masks by the end of 2021


It is impossible to predict accurately, but the next year will be a year when we wear masks ”.

Even a quick use of a vaccine would not change anything, according to Drosten: "Even if we start the vaccinations, the majority of the population will have to continue to wear masks."

Virologist Drosten is confident about a Covid-19 vaccination: "We will have vaccines next year," he says in an interview with Deutsche Welle.

However, according to Drosten, it may take until the end of next year before certain parts of the population can be supplied with it - hence the long-standing recommendation to wear masks.

Another problem that speaks for the continued need for masks: “

In countries like Germany, where there are only a few infections, there will be no broad immunity.

We will probably not see that in the other European countries either, ”said Drosten.


* is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network


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