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Why the City of Buenos Aires maintains the mandatory use of chinstraps in all public spaces and social gatherings

The Buenos Aires Minister of Health Fernan Quirós emphasized during the weekly report the importance of continuing to use the chinstrap in public spaces, even when an improvement is observed in the epidemiological situation in the City of Buenos Aires, due to the presence of the Delta variant, more contagious.

As he said, “it is very important that in order for us to maintain economic activities and respond to these aspects of the community, we need to do these activities with care.” “The protocols cannot be set aside. The chinstrap is an important component ” of the protocols, he insisted.

The official explained that “in countries where they have already had a wave of Delta variant, it has been shown that even people with two doses of vaccine who sometimes have the disease in an extremely mild way, with only some discomfort in the upper airways, have a significant amount of virus and can spread to others”.

For this reason, he considered that “the chinstrap is still a necessary instrument” and that “This is not the time to discuss the removal of the chinstrap ”.

“Those countries that quickly decided to withdraw it, some of them had to recommend its use again,” he said, as was the case in the United States or Israel.

Quirós specified that “as soon as it can be done” it will first be authorized to remove the chinstrap in open spaces and finally in closed places, including public transport.

About the Spring Day, in which hundreds of young people usually gather in the squares of the City, the Minister of Health asked the students to “express the joy of the day in a careful way, always in open spaces” and that “ they bond with the people they want to bond with, but wear the chinstrap ”.

The progress of the vaccination campaign in the City of Buenos Aires

Regarding the progress of the vaccination campaign against Covid-19, the Minister of Health reported that 73% of the population of the City received a dose and that the 56% have the complete guideline.

At the beginning of the month, Quirós said that the objective of the Buenos Aires government was reach 70% of its population vaccinated with two doses in September.

Then he said that “international evidence shows that with 50% of the population with the complete scheme, hospitalizations and deaths decrease” and that in communities that reach 70% with two doses, “not only hospitalizations and deaths decrease, but also drastically community transmission ”.

“Vaccination very effectively prevents people who get sick from developing a serious and fatal disease, but it does not prevent as effectively people can get sick, have a mild disease,” he said this Friday. For this reason, I predict that “it is very likely that what we will see in Argentina and in the City of Buenos Aires in the near future is that increase the number of cases due to the Delta variant “. However, he considered thatat this point with the degree of vaccination that the City has, it has a lesser impact on the severity ”.

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