Coronavirus: Brazil once again imposes the use of chinstraps in airports and planes

The National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) of Brazil approved the return of the mandatory use of face protection masks on planes and airports. The measure aims to reduce the risk of contagion of COVID-19, considering the significant increase in cases of the disease in recent weeks. The resolution, approved by the collegiate board of the organism, enters into force this Friday.

To support the decision, Anvisa held a meeting with experts on the epidemiological scenario of the disease in Brazil. Representatives of the Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases, the National Council of Health Secretaries, the National Council of Municipal Health Secretaries, the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation and the Brazilian Association of Collective Health, as well as epidemiologists Carla Domingues and Wanderson participated. Oliveira.

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“The meeting participants emphasized that the epidemiological data They demand the return of non-pharmacological protection measures, such as the use of chinstraps, especially in public transport, airports and closed / confined environments,” Anvisa said in a statement.

He added that the use of masks was planned as recommendation since last August, especially for people with flu-like symptoms and for the most vulnerable public, such as:

  • Immunocompromised.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Seniors.

In addition to the current epidemiological data, Anvisa also considered the behavior with seasonal characteristics of the pandemic.

“In recent years, Brazil has seen an increase in the virus transmission from November to January, a situation that may be further aggravated by the expected greater flow of travelers moving through the airports for the school holidays and the end-of-year parties,” the agency states.

Anvisa also reported that it acts, once again, within its legal powers and “adapting current regulations proportionally to the risk to the health of the population.”

“The agency will continue to monitor epidemiological data so that measures can check yourself when necessary, with the aim of fulfilling its mission of protecting people’s health,” he added.

What are the new rules against COVID-19 in Brazil

As of November 25, the use of masks will be mandatory inside airport terminals, means of transportation, and other establishments located in the airport area.

The rule forbids the use of: acrylic or plastic masks; endorsed respirators with expiration valves, including N95 and PFF2; scarves, cloth handkerchiefs or any other material that is not characterized as a protective mask for professional or non-professional use; face shield (face shield) only; Non-professional protective masks made with a single layer or that do not meet the minimum manufacturing requirements.

According to the resolution, masks must fit the facecovering the nose, chin and mouth, minimizing the spaces that allow the entry or exit of respiratory droplets and air.

People with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, sensory disabilities or any other disability that prevents them from making proper use of a face protection mask will be exempted from the obligation to wear masks, as well as in the case of children under three years of age.

According to an Anvisa decision of May 13 of this year, the possibility of on-board services on domestic flights remains. In this way, it will be allowed to remove the mask for hydration and food inside the aircraft, as well as in the food spaces or areas exclusively for the preparation of meals in the terminals and other airport environments.

Finally, the approved standard establishes that, in vehicles used to board or disembark in remote areas, travelers and drivers maintain the mandatory and appropriate use of face masks.

Coronavirus: Brazil once again imposes the use of chinstraps in airports and planes