Doctors ask for mandatory masks to be worn in closed places


Wearing a mask is now compulsory in French churches – Mathieu Pattier / SIPA

Fourteen renowned doctors demanded on Saturday “the compulsory wearing of masks in all enclosed public places” to prevent the Covid-19 epidemic from resuming, noting a relaxation in respect of barrier gestures.

“It would be very regrettable not to use these effective and accessible means” to curb the epidemic “which are: the wearing of the compulsory mask in all enclosed public places, physical distancing as much as possible and hand washing”, do they plead in a column published by Le Parisien.

Uncomfortable but useful

In this text, written by Antoine Pelissolo, professor in psychiatry, and Jimmy Mohamed, general practitioner and columnist on Europe 1, they recognize that the mask “remains uncomfortable”. But they stress that “unlike the start of the year”, we now know that it is “an important condition for limiting the spread of the virus” if “everyone carries it” and that “we have the stocks today. required “.

Among the co-signatories are infectious disease specialists Eric Caumes, Karine Lacombe and Anne-Claude Crémieux, as well as emergency physician Philippe Juvin and nephrologist Gilbert Deray.

Summer of danger

“For all of us, the temptation is great and understandable to resume a normal life, to forget the virus, to take advantage of the summer, the beaches, evenings with friends and rediscovered closeness. Unfortunately, the virus has not forgotten us, ”they warn, while surveys carried out by Public Health France among the French have shown less respect for barrier gestures in recent weeks.

They also invite the French to pull themselves together before it is “too late to avoid a new confinement, more or less complete” and say they no longer want to “count the dead” as during the first wave of the epidemic.

“The tendency to increase the circulation of the virus”

On the eve of the departures on vacation, Prime Minister Jean Castex and Minister of Health Olivier Véran on Friday called on the French to “daily vigilance” and to wear masks to “prevent” a “possible second wave of epidemic ”.

And the health agency Public Health France warned Friday in its weekly update that there was a “new trend of increased circulation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus” in mainland France, even if it remains “at a low level “.



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