According to BAG, textile masks are not the new standard, as Keystone-SDA wrote this morning. Now the news agency has corrected its mistake.
The federal government is changing its recommendation to wear masks, the news agency Keystone-SDA reported on Thursday morning. Fabric masks would now be the standard. Hygiene masks or medical face masks are only recommended for people with symptoms of acute respiratory disease.
But the Federal Bureau of Public Health (BAG) denies a change to the recommendations: “This is a false report,” a spokeswoman said upon request. Something was probably misinterpreted. BAG only recommends that people with symptoms best use disposable masks.
Meanwhile, the Keystone-SDA has apologized for the mistake on Twitter and corrected the message we also published. BAG did not change its recommendations for wearing masks, but only made them more accurate, writes the news agency.
Consequently, people with symptoms of an acute respiratory disease are now explicitly recommended to wear disposable masks. BAG advises the public either to wear industrially made fabric masks or to wear hygiene masks. There is no longer a preference. BAG had previously explicitly recommended disposable masks to the public.
According to BAG, industrially manufactured textile masks protect other people from infection if used correctly. The Covid 19 federal working group developed a standard that such masks must meet. According to BAG, self-sewn products do not guarantee reliable protection. The association also recommends wearing respirators, which are available for medical staff, for private use.