We are in full containment, and the goal is to limit the circulation of the Covid-19 virus, but we must also respect the barrier gestures. However, we see more and more people wearing the mask under their nose.
We now know that the main vector of the virus are aerosols, these invisible particles that come out of the mouth, but also out of the nose, which remain suspended in the air. Details from Jean-Paul Hamon, general practitioner near Paris, and honorary president of the federation of doctors of France.
franceinfo: These virus-carrying aerosols are responsible for at least 70% of contamination, so is it important to cover your entire face with the mask?
Jean-Paul Hamon: Yes, absolutely. There are the aerosols, there are the droplets, the droplets which, in fact, make the restaurants toast for the closure. Because when you are in a restaurant and you are within three feet of a person, you can contaminate your neighbor’s glass.
And these are droplets that do not see themselves as big postilions. It can be small droplets that fall quietly into your neighbor’s glass, and he becomes contaminated. Add to this the phenomenon of aerosols, much finer particles that can remain suspended in the air, contaminate contact surfaces, we can clearly see the importance that there can be in putting on your mask correctly.
So, we position it well and we don’t touch it anymore. Do we pinch it above the nose?
So we don’t touch it anymore, cIt’s not easy not to touch it, but only when you touch it, and you have to remember to rewash your hands, because when you touch it, you recontaminate yourself.
Wearing a mask is essential, and to do well, you should even wear it all the time at home, especially when receiving?
In any case, it is essential to wear it when you receive friends or even when you receive family who see other people. And me, I noticed in my office that the grouped cases that I saw this week, it was two families who ate at four. There is a person who got infected during a meeting. She came back and infected the other three people in her family.
And therefore, it is essential that when we eat, we respect the barrier measures, the distance. And then, as soon as we are a little close to each other, we do not hesitate to put the mask back on. So family reunions are a source of cluster cases, and we shouldn’t let our guard down when we get home.