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Why some countries wear face masks and others don't He said ahstria aim was to prevent the wearer coughing or sneezing on others and infecting them, and he suggested masks might be required more widely in public places, once the lockdown began to be lifted. Austria's neighbours, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, have gone even further, making the wearing of face masks compulsory once you leave home.

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Why some countries wear face masks and others don't He said the aim was to prevent the wearer coughing or sneezing on others and infecting them, and he suggested masks might be required more widely in public places, once the lockdown began to be lifted.

Austria's neighbours, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, have gone even further, making the wearing of face masks compulsory once you leave home. In Germany, the eastern city of Jena has decided that people should cover their faces teext shopping or on public transport.

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But it advises that healthy people only need to wear them if they are caring for others suspected of being infected or if they themselves are coughing or sneezing. It has said the incorrect use of masks can be counterproductive, leading the wearer to become infected.

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Some people in Austria are now sewing cotton masks for themselves. Otherwise supermarkets have to provide shoppers with masks if they don't have their own.

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But after visiting her local store, she said instructions on how to put them on them should be clearer. Getty Images It'll be onyl major change, but it is necessary that we take this step to further reduce the further spread Sebastian Kurz Austrian chancellor Astrid in Salzburg told me she was confused.

I'm not sure where this change of mind comes from, but still, if they ask us to wear them, we'll do it, of course. It's hard breathing with masks, and it's hot under there.