In Asian countries, mouthguards are part of the typical street scene. We have summarized facts from experts as to whether mouth-nose protection should become the standard here in Central Germany.
There is a constant debate about whether everyone should wear face masks in public and thus prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The biggest counter-argument: There are currently too few. But there is also a solution for this.
Who do mouthguards protect?
The idea of walking around the street wearing a face mask is of primary benefit to everyone else. Because covering your mouth and nose with the traditional mouthguards made of paper and cellulose helps to ensure that your own droplets do not necessarily fly to people around you. The Halle pharmacist Kay van Alste explained this to the MDR.
To really create more excellent protection in public, you need a solitary idea. If everyone were wearing a face mask, everyone would keep their coughing mucus and their droplets of speech with them. The risk of infection would thus be reduced. In Asian countries such as Japan, by the way, that’s a good thing. Anyone who is out there sneezing without a mouthguard will be looked at with instructive looks.
The virologist Alexander Kekulé incidentally, based on new data from Hong Kong, assumes that wearing a face mask can also help to a certain extent not to become infected.
Surgical masks must become the standard for everyone.
Whether self-protection or the protection of others. Kekulé advocates that everyone should wear a face mask or disposable mask.
Sewing for a good cause
The central question that naturally arises in the room is: And how should everyone get such mouthguards now? The demand for covers for the mouth and nose is currently huge. They are worn by staff, particularly in hospitals and nursing homes, to protect the elderly and sick from infection with the coronavirus.
The problem is creative. Many private individuals turn on their sewing machines while sitting at home. Some companies also convert their production extra. You just sew mouthguards yourself. For your own family, for friends and when everyone is taken care of, even for medical practices, companies, and Co.
These mouth guards can then be worn in everyday life—no matter whether you are healthy or not. Since people with the coronavirus can be on the go for up to two weeks without the first symptoms, they can help in case of doubt to infect fewer people until the virus is detected at all.
If you don’t see yourself talented enough for a sewing attempt, you can use the public buildings and local transport with a scarf or a scarf on your face, Nitzsche assured us.
To be on the go with a face mask could seem strange at first. It is a matter of attitude: supermarket employees should be pleased with such a decision, they could feel more secure. And by the way: In Japan, the mouthguards are not only worn out of courtesy but because you can also save yourself the stressful make-up in the morning.