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.
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
is now suggesting a different
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
: 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
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.
* Merkur.de is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network.