“The very limited scientific evidence regarding the use of respiratory masks in the community does not support their mandatory use instead of other types of face masks”, defends ECDC in a report released today.In the update document on recommendations for face pandemic masks, ECDC does not speak out against community ones, saying before that “in areas with community transmission of covid-19, the use of a medical or non-medical face mask is recommended in closed public spaces […] or in frequented outdoor environments “.
Already recommended by this European center is that citizens who are likely to have a severe illness related to covid-19, such as the elderly or people with other health problems, use “medical face masks as a means of personal protection in the above mentioned scenarios”, that is , frequented spaces.
The European public health agency also suggests the use of surgical masks within households where there are “people with covid-19 symptoms or who have tested positive”, both for them and for the rest of the household.
ECDC’s position comes after, in view of the new variants of SARS-CoV-2, European countries such as France or Germany have imposed the use of surgical masks or FFP2, with greater particle filtering capacity, in places such as public transport and stores , prohibiting community masks (made by hand) that do not have multiple layers of fabric.
In the report released today, the European agency even warns of the “difficulties in ensuring the proper adaptation and use in community environments” of FFP2 masks, as well as their “potential adverse effects related to less breathability”.
Still, in general terms and “based on the assessment of available scientific evidence, no recommendation can be made about the preferred use of medical or non-medical face masks. [comunitárias] in the community, “insists ECDC.
This European center, which has been advising EU countries in the current health crisis, adds that, in the case of community masks, “it is advisable to give preference to masks that meet the available guidelines for the effectiveness of filtration and breathability”, that is , made with multiple layers of fabric (two to three).
The ECDC contextualizes that the use of facial masks “should complement and not replace other preventive measures, such as physical distance, staying at home when sick, teleworking if possible, respiratory etiquette, meticulous hand hygiene and avoid touching the face, nose, eyes and mouth “.
Earlier this month, European Commissioner for Health, Stella Kyriakides, said at a press conference that ECDC “does not support the use of FFP2 protective masks” against covid-19 by the general public.
Stella Kyriakides, who appeared at the time with an FFP2 mask “by coincidence”, stressed that the important thing is “to continue to encourage everyone to wear a mask, to use it correctly, and to maintain social distance”.
The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 2,400,543 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 108.7 million cases of infection.
Source: Jornal de Negócios by www.jornaldenegocios.pt.
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