An immunologist's warning to the end of outdoor masks: "This is not over"

The Prime Minister has set a date for one of the most anticipated news of the de-escalation: Pedro Sanchez announces that as of next June 26 we will not carry face mask outdoor. For that a Extraordinary Council of Ministers in which it will be decided that the use of a mask is no longer mandatory due to the pandemic of coronavirus. “Our streets, our faces will regain their normal appearance in the next few days,” Sánchez stressed during his speech at the closing of the Círculo de Economía Meeting held at the Hotel W in Barcelona. To answer questions about whether or not it is convenient to remove our masks outdoors, we spoke with Marcos López Hoyos, president of the Spanish Society of Immunology.

“The risk is that we think that this has disappeared and the virus is still there (…) It is clear that in open places this decision can be made, but that the population is not confused (…) The mask in transport public will continue to be necessary, “explains López Hoyos.

Regarding social distance and interpersonal contact, the epidemiologist points out that “anywhere where there is an agglomeration it is a risk, on the beach you can be without a mask, but if there are many people accumulated and they do what they want. . there is risk “

On the other hand, Hoyos indicates that “the economic part greatly influences this decision” and asks for “caution” because “today there are already people who relax with the mask.” “When you are free of people you can take it off, but you must carry it with you just in case,” he says.

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