It was a remarkable sentence during last night’s press conference: ‘We are asking the OMT for advice on a wider use of face masks,’ said Prime Minister Rutte. Again? What is the OMT yet to discover? Are they looking for proof yet again? For most countries, indications for the usefulness of masks are sufficient, but not for the Netherlands.
Strangely enough, there has been a turnaround when it comes to the psychological effect of mouth masks. First they provided a false sense of security – we would only be careless with such a mask – nowadays we are paying extra attention. So slowly the advice is shifting towards wearing a mouth mask: it is not really useful, but it reminds you that something is wrong, it now sounds.
RTL Nieuws spoke with the most famous virologist in Belgium, Marc van Ranst. Face masks have long been mandatory in public spaces at our southern neighbors. “In Belgium we believe that there is sufficient evidence that it can help in the fight against corona,” said the virologist. “At the same time, you don’t put a terrible burden on society. It’s just a face mask. You don’t have to take it all the time, but in certain situations you do. ” It can be that simple.
In Belgium, the number of infections is leveling off. Whether that is because of the mouth caps? “It is very difficult to determine which measure exactly produces which effect. But there are sufficient indications that wearing a mouth mask can help in the fight against the spread. ”
The Belgian virologist thinks that it will be difficult in the Netherlands to still introduce the mandatory masking. “Once you have said that it is not necessary, and that you can keep it up for a long time, you will have to deal with reputation damage if you make the change. Then it becomes a political file, a hot topic. The longer you wait, the higher the threshold. ”
In other words, reputation damage, a political file. And then there is public health.
Bron (nen): RTL News
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