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He said that the masks do not protect you from the coronavirus, the best German doctor is "attacked" after the statement that surprised everyone

He said that the masks do not protect you from the coronavirus, the best German

The head of Germany's top medical body said he was not convinced that wearing non-medical masks could remove COVID-19. His comments have received harsh criticism, even a call for him to step down.

Klaus Reinhardt, president of the German Medical Association, has been forced to clarify his position on wearing masks after his claim that there was no "scientific evidence that they are actually useful" sparked a protest by politicians and doctors.

Such face masks, he said, offered "no protection" at all for those who wore them and only "very little protection against infecting others". A rapid rise in coronavirus cases across Germany in recent weeks has led to stricter rules in many cities, including orders to wear masks on some crowded streets and pedestrian areas.

For the most part, German rules on wearing masks apply to enclosed spaces such as shops and public transport. The response to Reinhardt's comments was swift, with a member of parliament even calling for his resignation. Susanne Johna, president of the Marburger Bund doctors' union, said that at a time when it was important to give clear messages to the public, Reinhardt had the impression that daily masks to protect against coronavirus infection did not very valuable ”.

"This personal opinion of the president of the German Medical Association contradicts current studies and is likely to discredit the evidence-based approach to minimizing infections that has been in place for months," she said. Johna also stressed that both cloth masks and surgical masks helped protect everyone - but that they should be used in conjunction with good hygiene, proper ventilation and physical distancing.

Reinhardt later clarified his comments in a joint statement with his association board. "Although 'a mask' is not a reliable protection against infection, it helps to protect others by mechanically reducing aerosol spread," the statement said.