The EPI type masks,among which is the FFP2, are only recommended for professionals in contact with COVID-19 and vulnerable groups under medical prescription, but not for the general population
For all citizens, the Ministry of Health and Consumption indicates that, following the recommendations of the scientific community, healthy people without contact with the virus should use the hygienic mask model,without giving up the recommendations on physical distancing and hygiene. For those people who have been infected, have symptoms or are positive asymptomatic, the use of surgical masks is recommended.
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) agree with this recommendation of the Government of Spain.
The Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs recalls that, in the case of FFP2-type masks, it is necessary for the user to be aware that their usecan make breathing more difficult than hygienic or surgical masksTherefore, non-specialized personnel may tend to touch and reposition them continuously, with the consequent risk of contamination.
On the other hand, as it is material mainly intended for professionals, it can generate a false sense of security, which relaxes the maintenance of the rest of the essential safety and prevention measures, such as physical distance and hand washing.
Finally, it also asks that it be taken into accountthat people who perform physical activities or some people with breathing difficulties may not tolerate its use.For this reason, its social use, by non-professionals, must be carried out with a medical prescription.