After agglomeration was reported on the Agua Dulce beach in Chorrillos in the midst of the pandemic of the COVID-19, the executive director of Public Health Surveillance of the National Center for Epidemiology, Prevention and Control of Diseases (CDC) of the Minsa, César Munayco, explained that if sanitary measures were respected in an open space with many people, there would be no problem, but the opposite will happen if one of the basic measures such as social distancing and proper use of the mask are not complied with.
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In an interview for the Andean Agency, Munayco Escate said that although the Beaches they are open spaces where air circulates, the drops of saliva that we eliminate when we speak or shout, and that are invisible, can fall on the faces of those who are close. If a person is infected with COVID-19, or is asymptomatic, it can infect others, especially if the latter are unvaccinated people or with comorbidities (diabetes, hypertension, etc.), he added.
“When we speak, sing, yell, sneeze or cough, we remove drops of saliva. If it is a crowded place, be it outdoors like the beaches, people with COVID-19 infect others, especially those who have not been vaccinated, the elderly or those with comorbidities ”, commented.
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“The problem occurs when people go to the beach in mancha, in groups and they are very close together. And they are people who do not see each other daily or live in the same home, but rather agree to meet there “said the CDC head.
According to the expert, a free space is safer than a closed one, but families come to the beaches who invite friends and neighbors; They eat lunch, drink liquor in a group and put aside the mask and social distance.
“The The risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 by the Omicron variant is very great. Avoid being near people and do not stop using the mask. You can walk along the shore without a mask, but you must keep your distance. The problem is when people group“, he indicated.
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Responsibility of citizens
The epidemiologist considered that the Omicron variant will displace Delta variant due to contagion speed and, therefore, the crucial point to avoid a third wave is the responsibility of each person in closed or open spaces.
“If you yourself are responsible and comply with the sanitary regulations, you can be anywhere, at Mesa Redonda or on the beach. Ideally, avoid closed spaces because air does not circulate there and the virus can be floating in the environment for at least 30 minutes and, if the mask is not used, contagion will be inevitable “.
He also commented that the Minsa has detected that the infections are occurring at lunches because the social distancing nor is the mask used. “We have had outbreaks of COVID-19 in families and in hospitals, lunch is the time of greatest risk because if a person is infected they will spread. The use of the mask is key “.
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