Considering coronavirus as a flu is a reality with the change of protocol of action against the virus and the end of the obligatory use of the mask indoors. The measure that ends with the obligatory masks has been approved this Tuesday in the Congress of Deputies and has entered into force in the Official State Gazette (BOE) today. The COVID-19 pandemic is increasingly on the horizon, despite WHO warning that it is not yet finished and warning of new variants such as XE.
Since 28 March, the route of action of the coronavirus changed in Spain. People with mild or asymptomatic symptoms are not required to undergo a diagnostic test or be confined. The new protocol is aimed at healthy people under 60 years of age with the aim of acting on the disease as if it were a flu or a cold. Therefore, and adding the end of the mask indoors, many will ask the following question: Am I required to wear a mask if I have no symptoms and am positive?
With the new Decree Law, it will only be mandatory to wear masks indoors in health centers, socio-sanitary, residences, pharmacies and public transport because “the severity of the disease has decreased due to the impact of vaccines on our lives”, according to Darias. Despite the end of the measure, many will be free to choose to wear masks indoors and outdoors. The health authorities call for group responsibility, they recommend the use of a mask as long as the safety distance in indoor spaces is not respected.
Those who are positive for coronavirus are not required to wear a mask from 20 April, however, health authorities recommend the responsible use of the cover to avoid spreading the disease and reaching the most vulnerable people. The responsibility lies directly with the people. In companies, it will be the occupational risk departments who decide whether to continue with the measure or the workers decide for themselves.
Quarantines will only be mandatory for those who have coronavirus and go through a process of serious illness and for people at higher risk of involvement: over 60, immunocompromised and pregnant, as well as health personnel.