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Masks are back for all Health Centres
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Radio Sintonia:

Masks become mandatory in all health centres in the Canary Islands.

The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands announces the mandatory use of the mask in all health centers of the Archipelago, despite the fact that the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System agreed today to extend until Wednesday the making of a general decision in all regions.



With this measure, the Canary Islands join other autonomous communities in which the mandatory use of masks in health centres has already been decreed. Until now, the use of masks was a recommendation for use in all Canary Islands Health Service centres since mid-December and now it is mandatory.

The regulation, which is transitory for the duration of the epidemic peak of flu and Coronavirus infections, will affect peripheral clinics, health centres and public and private hospitals throughout the Canary Islands.

This measure is taken given the growth of acute respiratory infections throughout Spain and to try to stop the chain of contagion, as well as to protect health professionals and people who go to hospitals and health centres in the archipelago to prevent them from contracting a respiratory infection.

In addition, during this morning's online meeting, the Canary Islands advocated agreeing on a strategy for the prevention of respiratory infections to avoid situations of health tension in the coming flu seasons.

Protective Measures

The Ministry of Health, and as a complement to the mandatory use of the mask in hospitals and health centres, also insists on the importance of maintaining the necessary protection measures in case of presenting symptoms compatible with the flu or COVID-19 to avoid putting the most vulnerable population at risk of contagion.

In this regard, it is recalled that if symptoms such as cough, fever, malaise, sore throat, congestion and runny nose, among others, occur, and to avoid transmission of the virus to other people, the main recommended preventive measures are:

Wear a mask when sharing the space with other people.
Increase the ventilation of the rooms.
Practice frequent hand hygiene, especially after blowing your nose or coughing.
Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough with your arm or a tissue.
Use tissues, throwing them away after each use.
Avoid very close contact with vulnerable people.
Do not share glasses, cutlery, towels and other objects that may have come into contact with saliva or secretions.
Vaccination Recommendation

The Directorate-General for Public Health also recalls the importance of vaccination against flu and COVID-19 as the main tool to prevent serious cases of these infections in the event of contagion and avoids the coexistence of the two infections in the same person, minimizing the severity of the disease in the patient and the stress to the health system.

In addition, it is insisted that the vaccine is the most effective means of avoiding contracting or transmitting the flu, especially in those people who are at risk of suffering complications in case of suffering from the disease and in personnel who are essential to the community such as health workers and caregivers of the elderly or dependents.

Each year, recommendations for influenza vaccination in autumn-winter are established for those population groups at higher risk of complications if infected, and for people who can transmit the disease to others who are at high risk of complications.

The aim of vaccination against the Coronavirus is to strengthen the protection of the most vulnerable people and that of health and social care personnel to reduce morbidity and mortality from the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the impact of this disease on health and social care capacity.

Incidence of influenza in the Canary Islands

According to the surveillance report on acute respiratory infection (ARI) in the Canary Islands prepared by the General Directorate of Public Health of the SCS for the week of December 25 to 31, the incidence rate of ARIs is 1,254.72 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. This figure represents a small decrease compared to the previous week, when a rate of 1,296.78 cases per 100,000 inhabitants was recorded.

The age groups with the highest incidence in the last week are the population aged 0 to 4 years with 4,408 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, people over 79 years of age, with a rate of 1,435 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, and the population aged 5 to 14, a group with a rate of 1,600 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
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Health suspends the mandatory use of masks in health centres in the Canary Islands.

This decision, which comes into force tomorrow, Friday, is taken after the positive evolution of the epidemiological data recorded in the archipelago


The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands announces the suspension of the mandatory use of the mask in all health centres of the Archipelago given the favourable data that show a decrease in the incidence of influenza and COVID-19 in the archipelago, since the requirement established by the Ministry of Health to register a decrease in the cumulative incidence of Acute Respiratory Infections (ARIs) during the two weeks in a row.



With the withdrawal of the obligation to wear a mask in health centres, the Canary Islands join other autonomous communities that, given the good evolution of epidemiological data, have also suspended this mandatory use.



The Ministry of Health estimates that the mandatory use of the mask that came into force on January 9 has contributed to reducing the transmission of respiratory viruses in the following weeks, especially among the older and most vulnerable population.



Recommended use of the mask



Despite the suspension of the obligation, the Ministry of Health maintains the recommendation to wear a mask in peripheral clinics, health centres and hospitals, both public and private in the Canary Islands, to avoid the transmission of respiratory viruses to the most vulnerable people.

Decrease in the incidence of influenza in the Canary Islands



According to the surveillance report on acute respiratory infection (ARI) in the Canary Islands prepared by the General Directorate of Public Health of the SCS for the week of January 22 to 28, the incidence rate of ARIs is 801.53 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.



This figure represents a decrease from the previous week, when a rate of 887.36 cases per 100,000 inhabitants was recorded and the rate of 1,108.55 in the week of January 8 to 14. By virtue of these data, this would be the second consecutive week in which there has been a sharp decrease in the incidence rate of ARIs in the Canary Islands, which motivates the decision to withdraw the mandatory use of the mask in health centres in the archipelago.



According to this report, the older age groups are the ones that experience the most pronounced decline in the incidence of ARIs in this last week. Thus, the age group over 79 years of age went from 1,114 cases per 100,000 inhabitants to 968, the group of 65 to 79 years of age reduced its incidence from 810 to 676 cases and the group between 45 and 64 years of age fell from 760 to 629 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.



Protective Measures



The Ministry of Health insists to the population on the importance of maintaining the necessary protection measures in case of presenting symptoms compatible with the flu or COVID-19 to avoid putting the most vulnerable population at risk of contagion.



In this regard, it is recalled that if symptoms such as cough, fever, malaise, sore throat, congestion and runny nose, among others, occur, and to avoid transmission of the virus to other people, the main recommended preventive measures are:



Wear a mask when sharing the space with other people. Increase the ventilation of the rooms. Practice frequent hand hygiene, especially after blowing your nose or coughing. Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough with your arm or a tissue. Use tissues, throwing them away after each use. Avoid very close contact with vulnerable people. Do not share glasses, cutlery, towels and other objects that may have come into contact with saliva or secretions.


Vaccination Recommendation



The Directorate-General for Public Health also recalls the importance of vaccination against flu and COVID-19 as the main tool to prevent serious cases of these infections in the event of contagion and avoids the coexistence of the two infections in the same person, minimizing the severity of the disease in the patient and the stress to the health system.



In addition, it is insisted that the vaccine is the most effective means of avoiding contracting or transmitting the flu, especially in those people who are at risk of suffering complications in case of suffering from the disease and in personnel who are essential to the community such as health workers and caregivers of the elderly or dependents.



Each year, recommendations for influenza vaccination in autumn-winter are established for those population groups at higher risk of complications if infected, and for people who can transmit the disease to others who are at high risk of complications.



The aim of vaccination against the Coronavirus is to strengthen the protection of the most vulnerable people and that of health and social care personnel to reduce morbidity and mortality from the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the impact of this disease on health and social care capacity.
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