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FFP2 masks free of charge from today for high-risk patients - fear of mass rush: "Do our best"

2020-12-16T04:38:26.464Z

The federal government is making a lot of money for the issue of FFP2 masks. The pharmacies are sounding the alarm - and fear a mass rush of corona risk patients.



The federal government is making a lot of money for the issue of FFP2 masks.

The pharmacies are sounding the alarm - and fear a mass rush of corona risk patients.

  • Type FFP2 breathing masks

    have

    proven to be

    a good protective measure against

    corona infection

    .

  • The federal government invests a lot of money to equip as many high-

    risk patients in Germany

    as possible

    with it.

  • From

    Tuesday, December 15th,

    the

    protective masks

    should be

    available in pharmacies.

    But they sound the alarm.

Berlin -

Corona

costs nerves, free time and money.

While the number of

Sars-CoV-2

infections

in Germany continues to skyrocket, the federal government is loosing billions of euros to help many people financially.

Another measure will be added from Tuesday: Millions of

high-risk patients in

the country can equip themselves with respiratory masks in pharmacies - and free of charge.

FFP2 masks

, which

have been

certified to provide very good protection against infection with the corona

virus, have proven themselves

.

From December 15, pharmacies should hand out three protective masks per person free of charge, according to Jens Spahn's plan by the Ministry of Health.

The prerequisite: Consumers must be

at least 60 years old

or

suffer from

certain

chronic diseases

.

Free FFP2 masks in pharmacies: Pharmacy associations appeal to German high-risk patients

The Federal Association of German Pharmacy Associations sees problems for the pharmaceuticals of the republic.

He urges the estimated

27 million people in this country

who want to stock up on an FFP2 respirator to be patient: "We pharmacists do our best and appeal to our patients to be patient and not to storm the pharmacies on the first day", said President Friedemann Schmidt.

+

From Tuesday, FFP2 masks will be given out free of charge in pharmacies.

© dpa / Jan Woitas

Are there now bottlenecks due to the demand for

corona protective masks

?

First of all, risk patients can have three FFP2 masks handed over to them by the end of the year and without any additional payment.

However, this requires that a corresponding ordinance has come into force - this is expected to be on December 15

happen.

The federal corona aid measure will continue in the coming year 2021 when people can

stock up

on more

FFP2 masks

.

The health insurance company will then give you two coupons for six

respiratory masks

each

.

This promotion is then no longer free, but requires an additional payment of 2 euros per coupon.

Free FFP2 masks: Corona aid also subsidizes people with high incomes

For the protective masks, the federal

government is reaching into the state treasury

for around

2.5 billion euros

in order

to distribute

around

400 million FFP2 protective masks

among the people as planned.

However, the pitfalls of the new relief operation lurk in the details.

There are also doubts that the planned project of the federal government

is well thought out

with regard to

social justice

:

Until 31.12.

Risk groups 3 can get particularly good protective # FFP2 masks free of charge in pharmacies.

And next year additional.

2 times 6 masks for an additional payment of € 2 each.

@jensspahn on this: "Protecting risk groups in the pandemic as best as possible is our top priority." pic.twitter.com/494SWglcjr

- BMG (@BMG_Bund) December 9, 2020

The German Caritas was critical of the plan: German taxpayers would not have to subsidize people who have a higher income and

who could easily afford

mouth and nose protection

financially.

The measure "clearly overshoots the target", described Peter Näher, President of the German Caritas Association.

The well-known virologist Hendrik Streeck is meanwhile speaking about the return to normal.

He is of the opinion: "Summer vacation will be possible"

List of rubric lists: © dpa / Jan Woitas

Source: merkur

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