COVID 19: End of Mandatory Facemask Use

Today will be the last day of mandatory mask use indoors. A measure that has proven effective in containing the spread of Covid-19 and that will be maintained on public transport and centers with vulnerable populations. Specifically, according to the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, the royal decree that the Congress will approve on Tuesday will maintain mandatory mask wearing in hospitals, health centers, blood transfusion centers and pharmacies. But children and teachers will no longer be obliged to wear masks inside the classroom.

This week, the vaccine advisory board will also assess the viability of a fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine for more at-risk population groups. At present the second booster dose is approved only for the immunosuppressed. Now, experts are considering widening its application to other age groups such as those over 80 years of age.

Regarding the new XE variant, the latest report from the UKHSA (United Kingdom Health Security Agency) indicates that the incubation period has not changed compared to its predecessors (Ómicron and Ómicron silent) and remains set at a period of three days.


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