Covid-19: Germany adds a new barrier gesture to its measures

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Respect for barrier gestures is essential to limit the spread of Covid-19. If the use of a mask or frequent hand washing has been adopted around the world, Germany has just added to this list a new reflex to adopt on a daily basis.

Washing hands, putting on a mask, physical distancing. We all know these barrier gestures that must be applied on a daily basis to combat the Covid-19 epidemic. The German government has just expanded this list by adding a new sanitary measure: ventilation. "This is perhaps one of the cheapest and most effective means" of containing the spread of the virus, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In Germany, ventilation is a real habit - the need to ventilate your home is even included in some apartment rental contracts, according to The Guardian. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 epidemic, virologist Christian Drosten, considered the leading expert on coronavirus in Germany, has insisted on the importance of this gesture. He even recommends focusing more on airing rooms rather than disinfecting them, even if this is also effective.

It is specified that the best protection is to combine "barrier measures, physical distancing measures and regular room ventilation". Ventilation is indeed a key weapon in the fight against the spread of Covid-19, as confirmed by Lidia Morawska, an aerosol specialist, for example: "Nobody says: we need better ventilation in closed places. It is not even mentioned, although sometimes it is quite simple, all you have to do is open the windows. "

Many specialists are campaigning for this measure to be clearly part of the list of barrier gestures recommended to the general public: "We can only regret that we still do not see the term aeration appear on posters and communications. One of the main routes of contamination it is the famous viral cloud, which floats and can be breathed by everyone ", specifies Dr. Jérôme Marty.

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