Brazil surprised with new restrictions against COVID

From today The use of a chinstrap will be mandatory on planes and airports in Brazil. The National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) implemented the measure by the increase in covid cases in the last weeks.

The initiative was reapplied after on August 17 of this year the government decided to lift the restrictions. On that occasion, the authorities justified that the pandemic scenario allowed them to convert the mandatory use of the chinstrap into a recommended individual protection measure, but not imposed on travelers.

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The new resolutionwhich was approved this Tuesday, established the following requirements:

  • The use of masks will be obligatory both in the inside airport terminals and aircraft as well as in means of transport (such as buses) and other establishments located in these areas;
In mid-August of this year, the mandatory use of the mask in Brazil had been suspended. (Photo: Marcos Serra Lima/G1)
  • Masks must fit the face, covering nose, chin and mouthminimizing the spaces that allow the entry or exit of air and respiratory droplets;
  • Inside the aircraft and other areas of the terminals (such as food courts), It will only be allowed to remove the mask for hydration and nutrition;
  • I know excepted from this last rule children under 3 years of age, people with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, sensory deficiencies or any other disability that prevents them from making proper use of the protection. In these cases, the use of masks is not mandatory.

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However, the new measure adopted forbids the next:

  • The isolated use of face shield (not accompanied by the use of a mask) in those environments where facial protection is mandatory;
  • The use of acrylic or plastic masks;
  • The use of masks that have exhalation valves (generally used in civil construction), including No. 95 and PFF2 of this model;
  • The use of scarves, cloth handkerchiefs or any other material that is not characterized as a protective mask for professional use or non-professional use;
  • The use of non-professional protective masks made with a single layer of protection.

New vaccines due to the increase in infections

Brazil has accumulated almost 690,000 deaths and more than 35 million infections since the pandemic began. The National Council of Health Secretaries (Conass) released data showing that in the first twenty days of November the number of infections exceeded 95,000, an increase of 292% compared to the previous month.

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In this context, the National Health Surveillance Agency also authorized the use of Pfizer vaccines that protect against the Omicron variant. They are considered “second generation” vaccines that were designed with additional protection against this strain and its subvariants.

Previously, Pfizer had requested authorization to apply the two bivalent vaccines in Brazil as a booster dose among those over 12 years of age.

Brazil surprised with new restrictions against COVID-19 due to increases in cases