October 26, 2020

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The mouth mask saga: from the “false feeling of security” to…

The mouth mask saga: from the "false feeling of security" to...

On Thursday morning, the High Health Council issued a statement calling for the wearing of mouth masks in shops. In the evening, the Advisory Committee decided to effectively extend the obligation to wear a mouth mask.

Photo: BART DEWAELE

March 13: The country goes into lockdown, but mouth masks are not mandatory.

March 26“Mouth masks create a false sense of security,” experts say.

April 2: Premier Sophie Wilms (MR) and Health Minister Maggie De Block (Open VLD) stress: “Mouth masks are reserved for the sick and for the nursing staff.”

April 24: Wilms says “oral nose coverage will play a key role” in the exit strategy. In public transport, carrying becomes mandatory.

7 May: Virologists now recommend mouth masks.

June 22: Virologists Marc Van Ranst, Erika Vlieghe and Steven Van Gucht demand that mouth masks be needed in the supermarket. Health Minister Maggie De Block (Open VLD) does not want to know about this.

June 24: The medical experts of GEES unanimously agreed to a commitment, but the non-medical representatives vetoed it. A commitment was only mentioned when the corona figures developed in a bad direction, it was then.

July 9: Tomorrow: On Thursday morning, the High Health Council issued a recommendation to require the wearing of mouth masks in shops.

Evening: The Advisory Committee decides to extend the obligation to wear a mouth mask in accordance with the new recommendations of the GEES.