The Ministry of Health has announced that the use of the chinstrap is no longer mandatory

The use of a chinstrap is no longer mandatory in the city of Buenos Aires

Chinstrap use is no longer mandatory – Credits: @Ricardo Pristupluk

through the Resolution 1849/2022 of the Government Gazette, the Ministry of Health explained the non-mandatory use of the chinstrap in Argentina. The decision, released in the early hours of Wednesday, comes two years after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and after three waves of contamination.

According to the three-page document, β€œSARS-CoV-2 has become a seasonally circulating virus”which means that the use of the chinstrap is only reserved for the presentation of “special scenarios”. Along these lines, he highlights two aspects that reduced the effect of the virus.

β€œBased on progress in vaccination coverage, the incidence of serious illness and death from COVID-19 has been significantly reduced, regardless of the circulating variant”, indicates the text. And it extends over the number of people vaccinated and the occupancy rate in intensive care.

β€œFrom the start of the National Vaccination Campaign against COVID-19 to September 6, 2022, 82.5% coverage was achieved in the general population and 81.7% in people over 3 years old with two (2) doses of vaccine, and 46.7% in the general population and 73.5% in people over 60 years old with the first booster,” he says.

And he notes: β€œWith regard to the occupancy of intensive care beds due to COVID-19, all provinces are below seventy-five percent (75%) by profession and the number of reported patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) shows a slight decrease in the last FOUR (4) weeks.

On this basis, the portfolio headed by Minister Carla Vizzotti concludes: β€œThe non-mandatory nature of the use of the chinstrap has been established”. Even with the advice, the following articles of the resolution clarify that: β€œGeneral prevention measures remain recommended” and state the following:

  • Proper use of the chinstrap in indoor areas, including work, education, social areas and public transportation.

  • Ensure the ventilation of the environments.

  • Practice good and frequent hand hygiene.

  • In the presence of symptoms, avoid contact, not going to work, social, educational activities, public places and the use of transportation.

With regard to the applicability of these measures, they point out that: “Each jurisdiction can adopt the relevant recommendations based on its specific epidemiological situation and planned health strategy”. The decree took effect from its publication in the Government Gazette at midnight.

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