6 reasons to return to wearing a mask against covida

Officially, masks are not required in closed Brazilian environments, such as schools, shopping malls, offices, and movie theaters. Currently, the use of covid-19 protective equipment is maintained only in hospital spaces. However, this does not mean that this measure cannot be reconsidered individually.

Due to a number of factors, such as the rise in covid-19 cases and the drop in temperature, experts say it is time to return to the use of masks, especially in closed environments. In these places, air circulation is usually poor, which facilitates the transmission of viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

Here are 6 reasons to start using masks indoors again and keep your health up to date:

1. Kovid new wave

With the increase in Covid-19 cases, masks are again recommended as a form of protection (Image: StudioVK / Envato)

Due to the recent wave of covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in Brazil, cities are already driving the return to use masks. These are the cases of São Paulo, Curitiba and Belo Horizonte. The current average number of new infections is 36,500, according to the National Council of Health Secretaries (Conass). Two weeks ago, the number was 14,900.

“There is a consensus among health authorities around the world that it was too early to refuse the use of masks, especially in enclosed areas. Director of the Multipurpose Laboratory in a note.

2. The disease can still be serious

Despite mild cases, people are still hospitalized for covida (Image: DC_Studio / Envato Elements)

With the advancement of the vaccine campaign – including three doses – there is a tendency for covid-19 to become a less worrying disease. They were infected with the Ômicron variant, but are common in people with few or no symptoms of the disease. However, it can still be serious and some groups are still at high risk.

“The severity of the disease never ceased to exist. There are people who still get sick because they can’t respond properly to the virus, such as the immunocompromised, people with chronic illnesses and children without vaccines, ”said researcher Astray.

The country is also suffering from a high number of hospitalizations due to severe acute respiratory syndrome caused by coronavirus (SARS). Another risk is the development of long-term covid, which can lead to permanent conditions and sequelae that can affect even mild cases of infection.

3. Young children were not vaccinated

Children under the age of five have not yet been vaccinated and are therefore at higher risk for coronavirus (Image: XiXinXing / Envato)

Given the potential risks of Covid-19, younger children are at a greater disadvantage, as the last group of children under the age of 5 who have not been vaccinated is under 5 years of age. To date, the National Agency for Health Care (Anvisa) has not approved vaccines for this public.

Without the protection and masks of immunizers, but in contact with crowds in enclosed spaces, children become the target of coronavirus, the scientist comments. “Schools have been one of the biggest transmissions of covid-19 and these children end up taking the virus home. If they have a relationship with their grandparents or more sensitive people, it’s a snowball. It is very useful to wear masks in these environments, ”said Astray.

4. Lower the temperature

Internal masks prevent the transmission of respiratory viruses (Image: DC_Studio / Envato Elements)

Coronavirus and other respiratory viruses spread better indoors and with less air circulation. These spaces are common during the colder months of the year, where windows are often closed and crowded. To avoid possible occurrences, it is worth wearing masks in these environments, such as offices. A simple measure can prevent the collapse of the health system.

5. Booster dose delays

Adherence to Covid-19 Vaccine Promoter in Brazil (Image: DragonImages / Envato Elements)

With the advent of Ômicron and its variant, immunity to the covid-19 virus was reduced. Under this scenario, health authorities launched campaigns to apply doses of force to the population. In the case of Brazil, the application rate for the third dose is still relatively limited.

According to the Ministry of Health, coverage for the third dose did not reach 50% of Brazilian adults until mid-May. Among young adults between the ages of 18 and 24, the rate drops to 30%. In other words, a significant number of people are exposed to the virus; such people can become vectors of transmission when they present asymptomatic cases, e.g.

6. Returning to “normal” life

Agglomerations and “normal” life were restored, which reinforces the importance of care for covida (Image: Luis Alberto Sánchez Terrones / Unsplash)

After Brazil decreed an end to the state of emergency, due to the covid-19 pandemic, life returned to “normalcy”. This means that concerts, events and parties can be held without any mandatory protection measures, such as the presentation of a vaccine passport. In these cases of agglomeration, there is a high risk of exposure to the covid-19 virus. This is because a single infected person can transmit the disease to other healthy people.

Additional: If you have flu-like symptoms

Anyone with flu-like symptoms should wear masks, which prevent contamination of others (Image: Rawpixel / Envato)

To close the list of reasons to help those who are considering re-examining the use of the mask, remember that those who already have symptoms of the flu – such as cough, runny nose, or fever – should use the protective element.

The discussion here is not about protecting yourself, but about what we can do to keep ourselves and others safe. “Patients should always wear a mask to try not to spread the virus,” added researcher Astray.

If you still have any doubts about the importance of using masks to stop the transmission of Covid-19 virus, some studies have already shown their effectiveness. That’s the case with a study published by the University of Colorado in the United States in a scientific journal Environmental Science and Technology.

Source: Butantan Institute and Conass

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