Self made mask does not protect against coronavirus - respirators must be safe and provide adequate protection

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Joint release: Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes), National Institute for Occupational Health and Fimea. Authorities point out that self-made masks do not protect their wearer from the coronavirus. However, a mask can protect others if the mask wearer is infected with a virus. At worst, self-made protectors can even be virus spreaders if proper hygiene is not maintained. Used improperly, a self-made mask increases the amount of contaminants in front of the airways. The mask is not a respirator. The sale and import of official respirators and mouthpieces is strictly regulated.

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