More and more scientists are recommending the use of the FFP2 mask. This would be a better way to combat the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.
More protective, more filtering, and with a protection period of up to eight hours, the FFP2 mask is however 10 times more expensive than the surgical mask. Another important feature is its duckbill shape which makes it much less loose and easy to handle than the surgical mask.
While in France there are no rules, in Italy, the FFP2 mask has been made mandatory in several places. This was already the case in Austria and in some German landers.