THL's CEO Markku Tervahauta told IS (3.8.) That the recommendation is planned for situations where it is not possible to keep a sufficient distance in the crowd, for example during peak hours on public transport.

According to Tar Grave, Finland still does not prepare a general mask recommendation in public places.

These would therefore be situations in which it is not possible to maintain a safety distance of 1.5 to 2 meters.

If a mask recommendation is given, it would be a complete turn of the jacket.

Back in May, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (STM) considered the mask recommendation futile: it would not have the necessary effectiveness in fighting the virus. Since then, several experts have wondered about the study commissioned by stm and challenged the view on the uselessness of masks. The mask recommendation or even mask compulsion is in use in over a hundred countries.

Moving without a mask can snap a substantial fine in some countries.

Timely restrictive measures in Finland built on the exemption law slowed the spread of the virus. The number of both infections and deaths remained low and the disease was concentrated in Uusimaa and Western Lapland.

However, that does not mean that the battle has been won.

When the population returns to jobs and schools, the pandemic can re-emerge again. Hard restraints lurk around the corner all the time - even harder. That is why it is good to act now, proactively. In addition to the mask recommendation, consideration could be given to extending testing according to the Danish model: any citizen suspected of exposure, including asymptomatic, could at any time go for testing with public funds, either in private or public health care.

The mask recommendation will not solve the interest rate crisis.

This is a limited recommendation, meaning that the use of the mask is at everyone's discretion - after all. An interesting issue is the use of masks in public transport. Can the bus company or the municipal transport authority order masks for customers? It must be remembered that the more masks are used, the more powerful they are. How is this ensured? Are there enough masks at all? What if there is no money to buy masks? Are they distributed somewhere? Who pays them? What kind of mask is good? Is it enough to put a cloth scarf on your face?

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The mask recommendation once again tests the authorities' corona communication.

In the spring, there were occasional confusion and inconsistencies in the pandemic guidelines and practical guidelines. Authorities are not in a masquerade for the first time a priest on board, unfortunately. In the spring and winter, the Security of Supply Center made a panic order for the masks from China; the stores are now under police investigation. Hopefully these pitfalls have been learned and the mask recommendation will be marketed to the people with precise instructions - crystal clear.