keep quiet on public transport to avoid contamination

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The National Academy of Medicine recommended on Friday to avoid speaking and calling on public transport, even masked.

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The compulsory wearing of the mask in public transport, where physical distancing cannot be respected, “must be accompanied by a very simple precaution: avoid speaking and making telephone calls”, argues the Academy.

Craft masks always useful

However, she rejected the new recommendation to abandon homemade masks in the face of the arrival of more contagious variants of the Covid-19 virus. Following the recommendations of the High Council for Public Health (HSCP), the Minister of Health Olivier Véran on Thursday called on the French to no longer use homemade masks deemed insufficiently filtering, nor the least filtering industrial fabric masks (known as ” category 2 “).

A reinforcement which “falls under a principle of precaution” but which “lacks scientific proof”, answered Friday the Academy of medicine in a press release, estimating that “the effectiveness of masks ‘general public’ has never been fault when they are correctly worn “.

“Such a change in the recommendations concerning a practice with which the entire population had succeeded in familiarizing themselves risks creating incomprehension and rekindling doubts about the validity of the official recommendations”, continues the Academy.

“Do not modify the barrier gestures”

She also doubts the idea of ​​extending the physical distance from 1 to 2 meters between two people, a “proposition defensible in theory but inapplicable in practice”.

Despite the “threat” of the new variants, the Academy recommends “not to modify the barrier gestures as they have been defined and improved for several months” but to recall the good behaviors.

Wear the mask permanently in public space “even when the physical distance becomes greater than 1 meter”, cover the mouth and nose with the mask …

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