The French government is now recommending that people wear surgical masks in public because they offer better protection from COVID-19 transmission.
The ruling says that only three types of masks will be recommended for use in public settings: disposable surgical masks, the FFP2 coverings, and fabric masks that are made to category 1 standards.
Since making it mandatory to wear a face mask in public last year, the French government has until now not made recommendations about the specific type of mask that people should wear.
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