Mask-up over New Year to avoid the flu

The Portuguese ‘Ordem dos Médicos’ is advising the use of masks in various situations, including public transport and health units, as a measure to minimise the impact of respiratory infections. In a statement today, the entity says “given the current situation of high circulation of respiratory viruses, particularly the influenza virus (flu), and the festive period of New Year’s Eve that is approaching, the Portuguese Medical Association through its president and the Influenza/Vaccination Monitoring Committee, strongly recommends the use of masks in health units and residential and/ or care facilities for vulnerable, elderly and disabled populations”.