The head of the Preventive Medicine Service of the Hospital Universitari Son Espases appeals to individual responsibility in the use of masks

Masks are no longer obligatory on public transport, a measure that Dr. Hidalgo does not consider important that “if they are worn, they should be worn properly: it doesn’t make much sense for them to be obligatory and worn under the nose or lowered”, she warns.

The head of the Preventive Medicine Service at the Hospital Universitari Son Espases calls on us to “be responsible when we wear them. Whenever we have respiratory symptoms, we should wear them, especially now that there is a lot of flu and other respiratory viruses that we didn’t have last year or the year before,” she says. He also recommends that “if people go to a meeting, to a place where there are a lot of people and bad ventilation, the best thing to do is to put them on”.

The most important thing is to insist on hand hygiene, says Hidalgo: “We have forgotten that we have to wash our hands if we blow our nose, if we have had contact with bus handrails, etc.”. In addition to vaccination, it is essential to “follow proper respiratory hygiene measures”, he says:

  • Blowing your nose with disposable paper and throwing it away once used.
  • Wash your hands after blowing your nose.
  • Do not sneeze in any way. Use your elbow or, if you use your hands, wash them immediately afterwards.
  • Wear masks in enclosed, poorly ventilated or crowded environments, especially by other people.