Fight against coronavirus in France: towards solidarity

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France is among the countries affected by the coronavirus. The authorities opt for the reinforcement of barrier gestures. This is how the distribution of free masks becomes everyone’s business, from voluntary associations to political figures. Remember that wearing a mask in Ile de France is compulsory as soon as the deconfinement comes into force.

AFNOR launches a free repository for the manufacture of homemade masks

The mask is among the essential equipment to limit the risks of transmission of the coronavirus. It is used in addition to barrier gestures and social distancing. AFNOR has put online a repository to help individuals design their masks themselves. Please note, these homemade masks are not for medical use. The AFNOR standard indicates the design, maintenance and even the right materials.

  • Here are the usage precautions related to wearing a mask:
  • Do not wear more than 4 hours; Use elastic bands;
  • Wash your hands before putting on a mask;
  • Machine wash well at 60 ° C after each use, dry and iron before wearing a mask again.

The fight against the coronavirus is everyone’s business! The capital and the Île-de-France region are increasing voluntary actions in the design and distribution of masks, pending government action.

Associations in the Paris region

Several associations have mobilized for the manufacture and distribution of masks:

  • Center Cerise in the 1st arrondissement;
  • Art of sewing in Paris in the 14th arrondissement;
  • Couture workshops in Eastern Paris, in the 20th district;
  • Association of popular education in the 10th;
  • Home Makers Association in the 15th.

The Île-de-France region sets an example

The Île-de-France region has taken the initiative to distribute masks to 130 stations. Valérie Pécresse, president of the Ile-de-France region and IDF Mobilités, went to Saint-Lazare station on April 29 to distribute masks to transport users. This operation was the result of collaboration between mayors and prefects, and took place in several bus stations and bus stations.

For this occasion, each user received a pocket of 10 surgical masks, which corresponds to a week of use for a person who goes to work every day. To facilitate their use, each pouch is accompanied by a manual.

Distribution of masks to limit the spread of the virus

To face the health crisis, the City of Paris took the lead in deciding to carry out a campaign to distribute approved masks to all of its population and launched a production of 2.2 million copies. This quantity is reached thanks to the mobilization of local Parisian businesses. Note that the models produced will comply with AFNOR SPEC S76-001 and have been tested by the French Delegation for Armaments.

Remember that masks become mandatory in public transport from May 11.

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