Instructions for the wearing of mouth-nose-coverings
According to the current state of knowledge, the wearing of mouth-nose-coverings, among other measures, can help to further stem the spread of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 - even when there are no signs of the disease. The corona virus SARS CoV-2, which triggers the disease COVID-19, is spread via the air we breathe when we speak, cough or sneeze. It is therefore obvious to wear a mouth-nose cover as a mechanical barrier or brake.
Mouth and nose covers & medical masks - what is the difference?
In addition to the often self-stitched community masks, there are medical protective masks, so-called surgical masks and filtering half masks, which originally came from the occupational safety sector.
In summary, there are two areas of application for oronasal covers:
1. applications in everyday life (employees with personal contact and private users)
2. applications in the medical/nursing sector
On the recommendation of various federal ministries or institutes, masks for the medical/nursing sector should also only be used in medicine and nursing. They should not be used in everyday life. Further recommendations for the use of protective masks can be found at the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA).