Majority of the population continues to use a mask on public transport in the DF

Majority of the population continues to use a mask on public transport in the DF
Majority of the population continues to use a mask on public transport in the DF

The CNI survey shows that adherence to the protection item is higher when commuting and lower in leisure and work activities

Marcos Nailton
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With the Federal District having more than 86% of people vaccinated with the second dose or single dose against covid-19 and the decrease in cases of contagion of the disease, residents are no longer wearing masks in public and private places in the capital. An unprecedented survey by the National Confederation of Industry (CNI) showed that 55% of the Brazilian population still adopts the protection item in public transport even after its use is no longer mandatory.

Since the publication of Decree N° 43.072 of March 10, 2022, the use of masks in the Federal District is no longer mandatory due to the covid-19 pandemic. But the study shows that public transport is the only place among those surveyed where more than half of residents still maintain the habit acquired in the pandemic.

In leisure activities, such as gyms, concerts, cinemas, bars and restaurants, masks are only used by 25% or less of respondents. Supermarkets are the second place with the highest adherence to masks (49%) of the population said they use the protective item, according to the survey. But the percentage drops a lot in other shopping spaces, such as high street (34%) and malls (33%). It is also noteworthy that only (31%) maintain care in the work environment.

“Faced with a scenario of lesser severity of the pandemic, with high vaccination coverage of our population and a reduction in cases, economic activities are returning to their normal pace and the job market is starting to recover. But it is important that the population remains attentive to the rates of Covid19 and, whenever necessary, maintain the necessary care to avoid a new wave, for all its impacts on society”, highlights the president of CNI, Robson Braga de Andrade.

Adherence of residents

To Jornal de Brasília, university student and intern, Camila Silva, 21, tells that she uses public transport in the DF every day to get to different places, such as the university and the academy. The resident of Águas Claras says she uses the mask more in closed and poorly ventilated places, usually when she goes to cities in the DF that have a subway. Camila usually removes the protection from her face in more open and airy places.

“I use it in markets, pharmacies, classrooms, gyms, etc. I use public transport, buses and subways every day and, as I have contact with many people stuck in a small physical space that is poorly ventilated, the chance of contagion of diseases is great, not only the Coronavirus, but also others. . So, to avoid contracting a disease or passing it on to someone else, I continue to wear masks on public transport”, highlights Camila Silva.


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Samambaia Sul resident, Célia de Souza, told JBr that she observes that people use the mask on public transport and in stores, but when they go out, they remove the protection. The general services assistant points out that she still wears the mask, especially at work, on the recommendation of the company where she works.

“Well, I use it on the subway because as I have to leave early for work, it’s during peak hours, but then, just leave the most closed place and the people remove the mask, I believe that because of the reason I can’t walk around with the mask after more than two years of using it, and because almost everyone has had the vaccine, […] At work they talk to us recommending it for our own health, months ago they demanded it, but now they have left it aside”, said Célia de Souza.

One in three people don’t wear a mask anywhere

The CNI survey also shows that the number of people who abandoned masks for good has grown. Between April and July of this year, the rate of Brazilians who are not wearing masks anywhere went from 17% to 32%. That is, one in three people no longer wear masks.

Adhesion continues mainly in places with little air circulation. Between April and July of this year, the percentage of people who said they use masks only indoors remained stable, from 53% to 52%, while the percentage who use both indoors and outdoors in the same fell from 29% to 16%. period.


Expert recommends use indoors

In an interview with Jornal de Brasília, the infectious disease specialist and specialist in tropical medicine, Dalcy Albuquerque Filho, said that it is excellent news that a large part of the population is already vaccinated in the DF, however, the specialist highlights that he still recommends that residents wear a mask. in closed places and with little air circulation, even without the measure being mandatory.

“The recommendation that must be given, and then it is no longer an obligation but a recommendation, is that in closed places, such as public transport, elevator, malls and smaller stores, it is still recommended to wear a mask even if not be mandatory. We cannot forget that the virus continues to circulate, the pandemic is not over, we are just now seeing a reduction in the number of cases”, highlights the specialist.

Dalcy Albuquerque Filho also points out that the vaccine does not prevent a person from becoming infected with the virus, but rather with the population not being in a serious condition. “The fact is that people are no longer using it, and there was already a small adhesion even while it was mandatory, […] The vaccine strategy today is not to prevent people from getting sick, the vaccinated person can get sick, now they will have mild conditions. Today, the main objective of the vaccine is to avoid serious conditions and the worst consequence of this serious case, which is death”, completes the infectious disease doctor.


The article is in Portuguese

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