Christmas and New Year took more Portuguese to leave the mask aside. In the last two weeks, the number of people who always wore a mask on the street and in the presence of people outside the household decreased by 10.4 percentage points, from 86.7% between November 28 and December 11 to 76.3% 26 December to 8 January. The data were revealed this Tuesday in the Covid-19: Social Opinion Barometer, published by the National School of Public Health.
The information includes yet another worrying fact. Between November 28 and January 8, 60% of the population that was in a group with ten or more people did not always have their mask on, representing an increase of 33.6%. Experts attribute the change in behavior to the festive period, but believe that the trend will reverse again.
“The Christmas and New Year period provides moments of conviviality with family and friends, in an environment of greater relaxation, with a false sense of security, and the natural tendency is to lighten protective behaviors as well,” explains the research team. .
“The use of the mask has been a behavior of the population with a positive evolution throughout the pandemic. This variation is worrying, due to the importance that this protection measure represents in combating the spread of the virus, but we are confident that this is an isolated phenomenon and that the analysis of the responses of the coming weeks will reverse the trend ”, it is necessary.
The data revealed represents a universe of 528 responses collected between December 12, 2020 and January 8, 2021.
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