Passengers in public transport should avoid talking to one another or on the phone in order to minimise the risk of spreading coronavirus. It was reported by Reuters with reference to the French National Academy of Medicine.
“The mandatory wearing of masks on public transport, where social distancing is not possible, should by accompanied by one very simple precaution: avoid talking and making phone calls,” the academy said in a statement.
The academy is not an official advisory body. It can respond to government questions but also issues recommendations, which sometimes go against official policy.
The academy criticised a recent government recommendation to wear only surgical masks in public, rather than masks made of fabric.
“The proposed tightening of regulation (on masks) is based on a precautionary principle but it lacks scientific proof,” the academy said.
It said that fabric or homemade masks were efficient against the spread of coronavirus as long as they were worn correctly and that most infections took place in situations where people took off their masks.
As we reported earlier, over the last 24 hours, Ukrainian doctors confirmed 3,915 new cases of Covid-19, including 117 children and 111 healthcare workers.
2,079 people have been taken to hospitals during this period; 83 patients deceased, and 5,407 recovered. 23,081 tests have been taken.