The Portuguese used less the protective mask against covid-19 in the weeks that coincided with Christmas and New Year, according to a study released this Tuesday by the National School of Public Health (ENSP) of Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
The figures were also presented by the director of ENSP, Carla Nunes, at the meeting at Infarmed between politicians, epidemiologists and public health specialists on the evolution of the pandemic, in which she observed that “the number of people who report ‘always’ using the mask when leaves home and is with other people who do not live with you, it decreases 10.4% in the last two fortnights ”, from 86.7% in the fortnight of November 28 to December 11 to 76.3% in the fortnight between December 26 and January 8th.
In addition to this data, the study on social perceptions in relation to covid-19 showed that in the last fortnight there were 60% of people who were in a group with 10 or more people who revealed that they had not always had the mask on their face, which translates into a 33.6% growth.
The data refer to 528 responses collected between 12 December 2020 and 8 January this year.
As for the vaccines that are being developed against covid-19 and that started to be administered in Portugal from December 27th – with priority for health professionals and that meanwhile has already extended to nursing homes -, Carla Nunes highlighted a positive evolution both in terms of confidence in their safety and effectiveness, as well as in the intention to be included in the vaccination campaign.
According to the director of ENSP, the people who answer “’very confident or confident’ are gaining space ‘in the sample, representing 84.1%, with only 15.9% of people indicating being’ little or not confident ‘ level of vaccine safety and efficacy.
“Regarding the intention to get the vaccine, we see a very clear pattern in terms of getting the vaccine as soon as it is available. We have 65.8% of people who say they want to take it as soon as possible ”, he concluded.
In Portugal, 7,925 people died from 489,293 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
The state of emergency enacted on November 9 to combat the pandemic was renewed with effect from 00:00 on January 8, until the 15th.
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