The time for disgrace has come for fabric masks made to deal with Covid-19. The variant of the coronavirus being particularly virulent, Olivier Véran, who followed the recommendations of the High Council of Public Health (HCSP) recommended to the French, on January 21, 2021, “to no longer use the artisanal mask that we made at self ”. The other masks, including those in category 1 fabric, remain authorized however.
End of the handmade fabric mask
How the sewing machines ran at full speed during the first confinement! And for good reason, faced with the shortage of surgical masks and gowns, an army of small professional or amateur hands sewed fabric masks night and day. Thus, great initiatives such as that ofOver the blouses. Nine months later, this precious work which made it possible to equip caregivers and individuals in an emergency will soon be useless: Olivier Véran has called for them to no longer be used.
Thursday, January 21, 2021, the Minister of Health called on the French to no longer wear hand-sewn masks, even those made from the pattern provided by Afnor, the French standardization agency. The High Council for Public Health (HCSP) ” recommend to the French, and this is the recommendation that I also make them, to no longer use the artisanal mask that we made at home »Declared on TF1 Olivier Véran. Ditto for category 2 (UNS2) fabric masks which filter 70% of particles.
Category 1 tissue mask, surgical and FFP 2 authorized
Be careful, not all fabric masks are good to return to a drawer! Those which belong to category 1 and which can be bought in pharmacies are sufficiently filtering (90%) to fight against Covid-19 and its variant, which is particularly virulent. You will therefore have to take a good look on the packaging to which category your fabric mask belongs to the next time you buy one. This provision was detailed in a decree published on Friday, January 22, 2021.
Regarding surgical masks, and FFP2, the latter being more filtering than fabric masks, it is obviously always possible to wear them. Another news on the side of barrier gestures, the distance of one meter that was recommended between people has increased to two meters. It remains to be seen whether these measures will be enough to curb the spread of Covid-19. In Germany, even stronger measures have been taken by imposing FFP2 masks on Bavarian public transport.