The number of vouchers for FFP2 masks for corona protection has been increased.
But not even half of the citizens are entitled to the coupons.
people are said to
The masks offer the greatest
should be monitored particularly closely.
Kassel - The federal government is increasing the number of
FFP2 protective masks delivered
For this, the health insurance companies
to those who have a particularly high health risk with a
This is reported by the
German Press Agency
citizens are now
to receive vouchers for twelve FFP2 masks
after a comparison with insured
persons data from
health insurance companies
Originally, only 27 million people should benefit from the measure.
However, the masks are not available for free.
Corona in Germany: People at high risk receive vouchers for FFP2 masks
According to Spahn,
for six protective masks twice, for a total of twelve masks, will be sent.
A special feature of
masks is that not only the
-Ansteckungsgefahr minimized for others, but also the carrier largely against
The issue of the masks for this winter was decided by the federal government as protection for people at a particularly high risk of serious or
fatal courses of illness
In addition to those over 60, this also includes people with certain chronic diseases.
The masks with the coupons can be picked up in
FFP2 masks offer a high level of protection against corona infection.
Now vouchers for the masks are to be sent to 34.1 million citizens.
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Vouchers for FFP2 masks to protect against corona: costs in the billions
for free: a contribution of
is provided for each six masks.
When there was talk of 27 million recipients, the federal government was already anticipating costs of around
2.5 billion euros
The increase should push this number up again.
Jens Spahn emphasized that FFP2 masks
, and also
, would protect
than a simple
In addition, FFP2 masks and surgical masks are now widely available.
The now 34.1 million recipients of FFP2 masks already correspond to a considerable part of the
FFP2 masks against possible corona infections - Spahn announces caution
In addition to the call
stricter prosecution of the spread of
: "We want to be able to better understand where known mutations are spreading and whether there are new
," said Spahn.
The background to this is fears about the spread of other new virus variants, such as in
Minister of Health
to scientific findings from both countries, which would give very strong indications of a significantly
higher infection rate
Can you actually use the FFP2 mask multiple times?
Here you can read how to properly disinfect and wear the mask.
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