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Instead of FFP2 masks: virologist suggests cheap alternative - "just as good"


In the corona lockdown, the demand for FFP2 masks is booming. In many places the mouthguard is already sold out. A virologist now suggests an alternative.

In the corona lockdown, the demand for FFP2 masks is booming.

In many places the mouthguard is already sold out.

A virologist now suggests an alternative.

  • At the

    Corona summit

    on Tuesday (January 19), a Germany-wide

    FFP-2 mask requirement will also be


  • This rule has been in


    for shops and

    local public transport



    since this week


  • However, a


    is now suggesting a different

    mask alternative


Hamburg -

Will there

soon be an

FFP2 mask requirement

in all of Germany




The answer to this is still uncertain, but this mouthguard is already out of stock in many places in the Corona * lockdown.

Corona in Germany: Virologist suggests alternative to FFP2 masks

Virologist Ulrike Protzer has now




to the coveted FFP2 masks in the

ARD morning


There, the



: First and foremost, it was about the mouthguards being medically certified.


According to virologist Ulrike Protzer, surgical masks are just as good as FFP2 masks.

© Sven Hoppe / dpa

As an alternative, she therefore suggests

surgical masks


The medical mouth and nose protection already has a high filter performance by default.

“The advantage of the surgical mask is, and therefore they are widely recommended internationally, that everyone can wear them and that they are comfortable to wear and that they have a very, very good filtering performance.

Actually just as good as the FFP2 masks, ”says Protzer.

Corona lockdown in Germany: surgical masks instead of FFP2 masks - virologist names advantages

Apart from that, this Corona * mouth protection offers - in contrast to the FFP2 mask - other


: For example, the surgical mask is more comfortable to wear and does not have to be removed after 75 minutes, as prescribed by occupational safety.

In addition: According to the American Medicines Agency, the FFP2 masks are




, Protzer emphasized.

The virologist therefore suggests that both masks be approved in the Corona * pandemic.

Thus, the choice of mouthguard would be left to the wearer.

“So that too is something that should be included in the discussion.


Medical masks are

better than everyday


- no question about it.

But the surgical mask in my opinion is just as good as the FFP2 mask and cheaper. "

FFP2 masks are single-use products that should be thrown away after use.

However, there is a way to use it multiple times *.

It is also known that the FFP2 masks are expensive and produce enormous amounts of waste.

An entrepreneur from Germering * in Bavaria is now helping.

* is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network.


Source: merkur

All news articles on 2021-01-18

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