Outdoor mask, insufficient for experts

Health experts consider that the mandatory use of the mask outdoors, the measure announced this Wednesday by the President of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, coinciding with the Conference of Presidents, and that this Thursday will be approved by the Council of Ministers, is an adequate measure but clearly insufficient to stop the sixth wave of the pandemic of the coronavirus, driven by the variant omicron.

The virologist of the CSIC Margarita del Val believes that “It will help a little but it is a measure of a minimal contribution”, although he considers that there may be citizens who need prohibitions to comply with basic precautionary rules.

In an interview with Onda Vasca, Del Val predicts a month of increase in cases because He does not believe that “stricter” measures will be taken this Christmas.

Need for more restrictive measures

“Us We asked for more restrictive measures regarding capacity and hours – the doctor explained to RNE Alvaro Castellanos, President of the Spanish Society of Critical Intensive Medicine and Coronary Units (SEMICYUC) and head of the Intensive Medicine service of the Hospital Universitario y Politécnico La Fe de Valencia.

“We insisted on the importance of accelerating vaccination in adults over 50 years of age, because that third dose will be very important to protect ourselves against omicron,” he exemplified. However, it acknowledges that “The use of a mask outdoors is a measure that will make you once again alert to the seriousness of the situation, because until now we are leading a normal life. ”

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“Welcome, they don’t hurt, but they will have a small impact because transmission is indoors“, the epidemiologist has warned Quique Bassat on the 24 Hours Channel. “I expected a more proactive measure and not so much for the gallery.”

We need stricter measures and restrictive capable of containing this uncontrolled transmission “, has insisted Bassat, that is in favor, for example, of suspending the parades of kings.

The epidemiologist has also recalled that “there are masks that protect better than others, and if we want more protection, we can use the most efficient ones “, like the FFP2.

Bassat, on the outdoor mask: “It will have a small impact because the transmission is indoors”

“It is not the answer that touches, we would have to go further”

For her part, Dr. Gemma Craywinckel, director of the Catalan Health Service, regretted that this “It is not the answer that touches and we would have to go further“.

It is not the answer that touches and we would have to go further

For example, the director of CatSalut has recommended parents with children who have tested positive to quarantine “as much as they can”, although he has acknowledged that “they will not be able because it is not recognized at this time that they can stay at home and process a withdrawal.”

“Once again we ask the population for an effort, and the population can say why we are not making it easier for them, but we cannot. The State has decided that it is not mandatory,” Craywinckel lamented in an interview with Catalunya Radio .

Several presidents of autonomous communities have also criticized the insufficiency of the common measures approved by the Executive of Pedro Sánchez, and are preparing to take unilateral measures. This is the case of Murcia, as its president, Fernando López Miras, explained in La Hora de La 1.

López Miras: “Many presidents are disappointed. This cannot be stopped with a mandatory mask”


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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