Mask requirement on the SP subway came after an increase in ICU admissions

Mask requirement on the SP subway came after an increase in ICU admissions
Mask requirement on the SP subway came after an increase in ICU admissions

posted on 11/24/2022 21:58 / updated on 11/24/2022 22:02


In the DF, part of the subway users continue to use a mask – (credit: ED ALVES/CB/DAPress)

Faced with the new rise in cases of covid-19, the state government and the City Hall of São Paulo decided this Thursday, the 24th, to resume the mandatory use of masks on buses, subways and trains starting next Saturday, the 26th. was taken on the recommendation of the expert committee that advises the São Paulo Executive in decision-making on the pandemic.

“In recent weeks, the State of São Paulo has shown a significant increase in the transmission of Sars-Cov-2, which is mainly reflected in the indicators of hospitalizations due to covid-19 in ward and ICU beds, which in the last 14 days show a growth of 156 % and 97.5%, respectively, reaching a daily average of more than 400 new hospitalizations”, says the note from the Management Council of the State Secretariat for Science, Research and Development in Health, a folder headed by infectologist David UIP.

The state government says it recommends that the measure be adopted in all municipalities. This week, the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) determined the mandatory use of facial protection on planes and airports.

Since the beginning of the month, the country has observed an increase in cases leveraged by Ômicron subvariants, BQ.1 and BE.9, which appear to have a more transmissible profile. In a bulletin released on Wednesday, 23, Fiocruz warned that 15 Brazilian states face a resurgence of infections. São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Paraíba observe the growth with greater intensity.

The increase in the number of infections occurred in all regions of the country and data from laboratory tests by age show a predominance mainly in the adult population, over 60 years old, according to the foundation’s bulletin.

Attendances to suspected cases of covid-19 have increased by eight out of ten private hospitals in São Paulo in recent days, but most patients did not need to be hospitalized, according to a survey by the Union of Hospitals, Clinics and Laboratories of the State of São Paulo (SindHosp ). Among the hospitals, the majority (39%) reported a discharge of 21% to 30% in care for patients with this profile.

Faced with the increase in cases, health professionals have already advised the resumption of mask use in closed and/or crowded places, especially those most vulnerable to the disease, such as the elderly, immunosuppressed and those with incomplete vaccination. Some state universities have recommended the use of facial protection in the first half of the month. The University of São Paulo (USP) and the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), for example, once again required the use of a mask indoors, including classrooms.

Updating the vaccination schedule was also requested by specialists. The low levels of booster vaccinations are a cause for concern, as, over time, immunity declines and the person is less protected against hospitalization and death from the disease. Only the State of São Paulo accumulated 9 million missing just for the third dose in early November.

On the 11th, the state secretary of Health, Jean Gorinchteyn, anticipated, in an interview with Radio Eldorado, that the use of a mask in closed places could become mandatory again in the State, if the epidemiological bulletin showed that hospitalizations, especially in ICUs, are progressively increasing. “We are monitoring the situation and if it becomes more serious, we can re-enact the mandatory masks”, he said.

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