Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Masks are no longer mandatory in health centers and hospitals starting this Wednesday

The use of masks is no longer mandatory in health centers and hospitals in the Community of Madrid starting this Wednesday after the reduction registered in the region in the incidence of respiratory viruses.

The Ministry of Health established the mandatory nature of masks in health centers on January 10 on an “indefinite” basis, although there is the possibility of setting their use as a “recommendation” in communities that show to reduce the data in the last two weeks severely. respiratory infections.

Once the requirements are met, the decree that will eliminate this obligation will be published this Wednesday in the Official Gazette of the Community of Madrid (BOCM), so that the use of the mask will only be a recommendation, as confirmed in Europe. source from the Ministry of Health.

The latest data from this week points to a new decrease in the incidence of influenza, which reached 81.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants this week, compared to 159 last week and 177 the week before.

The Community of Madrid defended for the first time the use of the mask as a recommendation in the case of showing symptoms of respiratory infection and in the case of vulnerable people such as the elderly and immunosuppressed.

Despite the Ministry’s order, the Minister of Community Health, Fátima Matute, repeated several times that there is no “state of emergency or public health alert” to justify this measure, which she described as “improvised.”.

In the same vein, he defended that it had no effect on reducing the incidence of respiratory viruses, with a downward trend in the region that was already known before it was implemented.

“We continue the awareness of the Community of Madrid to educate the responsibility and, of course, not to alarm the population because this flu epidemic is smaller than in other years and, of course, it does not have many deaths or a higher rate of income. ” he defended in media statements this Monday.

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