Health Board says face masks could be viable for indoor use

After the government and Health Board (Terviseamet) agreed on Monday that wearing face masks in public need not be made mandatory, the Health Board is now saying wearing masks indoors might be a reasonable precaution.

Simmo Saar, head of communications of the Health Board, told "Aktuaalne kaamera" on Monday that the board has assessed that wearing a mask in a crowded indoors space is reasonable.

He added that there is no shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the country.

Saar said: "If we're looking at the stock of PPE in Estonia, what hospitals have, what the state has, what the Health Board has, then yes, we will manage.

"If we are talking about retail and what pharmacies and markets are offering, it all depends on the companies who bring the masks to Estonia. If global demand increases, it can bring forth difficulties with supply."

ERR News wrote on Monday the Health Board and government agree that wearing face masks in public in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus need not be made mandatory. The authorities say research on the use of masks has been controversial, and that wearing them incorrectly can do more harm than good.


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Editor: Kristjan Kallaste

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