Pharmacies may now sell the masks to individuals. But, there are masks (professionals), and masks (cloth). It is exclusively of models, the so-called alternative.
They are also called masks for the “general public” or ” non-health “, these are the ones that it is now recommended for individuals to wear in public spaces, and who will no doubt be mandatory in the transport from the 11 of may.
The decree published yesterday in the Official Journal reintroduces therefore the authorization of sales of face masks in pharmacies. However, the masks professionals type of surgical or FFP2 remain reserved to health professionals.
What mask to choose
The products which are offered in pharmacies, but the supply of which is uncertain, are intended to limit the projection of droplets, thereby slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Their criteria of filtration vary from 70% to 90 %, according to a registration based on the recommendations of the Afnor.
More than two hundred French companies are already empowered to make these masks for the “general public”, but be careful, some are disposable and others that are washable and for these reusable between five and thirty times. It is therefore necessary to follow the instructions before use.
Remember that these masks fabric, sold between 2€ and 5€ (theoretically) in the pharmacy, provide additional protection to actions, barriers, and were especially not meant to replace them.
And, if your pharmacy is not yet stocked, if your local council has not planned to deliver masks, you can always appeal to a seamstress or get out your sewing machine, taking as a model the mask barrier Afnor.