New mask-wearing order could cost up to 30 euros per person per month


The government-mandated new mask-wearing policy could cost up to 30 euros per person per month. Counted, having asked the price in several shops, journalists of the Latvian radio. Professor at Riga Stradins University Ivar Vanadzins believes that people will change their protective equipment less often than necessary, writes Press.lv.

From 70 cents to 1.17 euros per piece – this is the price range for respirators with a filter not lower than FFP2. They, like medical masks (the cost of which also differs), will have to be worn from next Tuesday, January 25th.

The difference between the cheapest and most expensive medical masks is four times, and between respirators, more than one and a half times. There is no difference in the quality and safety of medical masks, while respirators may differ.

The need to change respirators also means the need to part with a certain amount. For example, if you buy masks for 16 cents a piece and change them several times a day, it will cost about 15 euros per month. Use for eight hours and then change the respirator will cost approximately 30 euros per month.

Respirators can be worn throughout the day, and in good condition – even longer, assures a professor at the Riga University. Stradina Ivar Vanadzins. It’s best to keep them in a clean paper bag rather than in your pocket or bag.

The new rules, according to the professor, will contribute to ignoring advice and infrequent change of masks – people will want to save money. However, he supports the new wearing order and believes that it should have been introduced in the fall.

From January 25, residents of Latvia, when staying in public places, are required not to wear a fabric mask, but only in a medical one – or in a respirator with a filter not lower than FFP2, the government decided on Tuesday, January 17. Schoolchildren from 7 to 12 years old will be able to continue to use cloth masks distributed to them at the expense of the state everywhere.


Source: GOROD.LV – новости Даугавпилса by gorod.lv.

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