Residents of France were advised not to talk in transport

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French Medical Academy recommended that passengers on public transport refrain from talking, including on the phone, so as not to increase the risk of contracting the coronavirus. A statement to this effect was published on the academy’s Web site on January 22.

The document notes that to the mandatory requirement to wear a medical mask when using public transport, where it is impossible to maintain a social distance, it is necessary to add the refusal to use a smartphone, as well as in general to refrain from talking.

Experts also disagreed with Health Minister Olivier Veran, who said that, except for surgical masks, all other types of masks do not provide adequate protection against infection.

“Such measures may be justified by the precautionary principle, but are not based on sufficient scientific evidence,” the medical academy said.

Citizens were advised to wear masks even when the distance to the nearest person is more than 1 meter, remembering to protect both mouth and nose.

Earlier on Friday, it was reported that at least 135 cases of side effects after vaccination with a coronavirus drug from Pfizer and BioNTech were identified in France.

Most of the adverse reactions are related to “expected or non-serious effects. For example, people who have been vaccinated have experienced fever, nausea, and headaches.