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Politics Tips for visits and meetings at Pentecost

12:16  28 may  2020
12:16  28 may  2020 Source:   welt.de

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At Pentecost, many people want to meet friends or relatives. However, you should continue to comply with the distance and hygiene rules as best as possible. Among other things, this means sneezing or coughing in the crook of your arm or in a tissue and turning away from others beforehand - then dispose of the handkerchief. Avoid hugs and kisses, wear an everyday mask if necessary and wash your hands regularly.

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Whoever has the choice meets in the fresh air. Virologist Prof. Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit from the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg advises this. "You have to be aware that even if the safety rules are observed in closed rooms, the risk of infection is greater than outside," he says.

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When it becomes critical with aerosols

According to him, droplets that are expelled when speaking, for example, are still the main risk of transmission - therefore wearing mouth-nose covers is compulsory in certain public areas because they intercept the droplets and thus reduce the risk of infection for others. But if people spend a long time together in closed rooms, talking, maybe singing - then it could become critical at some point with the so-called aerosols in the air, explains Schmidt-Chanasit.

aerosols are the smallest suspended particles in the air. Researchers are now assuming that there is also a risk of infection with the novel corona virus. Everyday masks and medical face masks hardly protect against aerosols.

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The virologist Prof. Christian Drosten had said on Deutschlandfunk on Monday that it must be recognized that aerosol transmission plays an important role. And with a view of closed rooms, the Charité scientist noted: "In everyday life, you should perhaps concentrate on ventilation rather than on constantly wiping and disinfecting."

For air exchange

Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit advises to stay in closed rooms as short as possible and with as few people as possible. He also emphasizes: "You should ensure good ventilation." It is not a question of the air circulating in the room, but of an air exchange. "The worst thing is a small, closed room without a window - a cellar, for example."

And even if you have been looking forward to an excursion or visit for a long time, Schmidt-Chanasit appeals: "If you feel sick, you should not take part in family celebrations or travel."

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