How long will it be mandatory to wear masks, at least outdoors? Some experts and immunologists have recently expressed themselves about the possibility of eliminating the individual protective device against coronavirus. “I think we will be able to talk about it in the second half of July, eliminating the obligation only outdoors, or even indoors between people vaccinated and not subject to frailty”, Franco Locatelli said in an interview with the newspaper “La Stampa” , president of the Superior Health Council (Css).
Franco Locatelli’s opinion
“If the numbers continue to go in the direction they have taken, a reflection can be opened”, Locatelli had specified in recent days, precisely with regard to overcoming the obligation to wear a mask outdoors. The president of the CSS and coordinator of the Scientific Technical Committee, he had discussed it, interviewed by Sky TG24. It is understood, he said, that it is necessary to follow “the same prudence that distinguishes the words of the Prime Minister”, Mario Draghi, on the gradualness of decisions. use of masks indoors by people already vaccinated, Locatelli said that “if you are dealing with people who have completed the vaccination cycle and do not have particular frailties”, overcoming the obligation of the mask “is something that it can be considered. ”Again, he continued, it is necessary to“ keep the numbers under control, then we will think about the abandonment of the masks ”.
The optimism of the immunologist Le Foche
Costa: “In August 20 million immunized and via outdoor masks”
According to Francesco Le Foche, clinical immunologist of the Umberto I polyclinic, the possibility of eliminating the use of masks could coincide, “if all goes well”, with the month of August. He underlined this during an interview with “Corriere della Sera”. If the data on infections remain encouraging and “if all goes well, in August it could be a new victory to free oneself from individual protections, at least in some contexts”, explained the expert. “I am thrilled because I witnessed one of the happiest episodes in scientific history. Progress equivalent to twenty years has been made in one year. The attention to the study of the immune system that began to be talked about outside of scientific contexts at the time of AIDS has increased even more, ”he said. “I believe that based on the data from here on we should go towards a further improvement. There was a lot of attention from everyone in respecting the use of masks and spacing. Let’s continue like this, let’s not underestimate the risks ”, the immunologist then reiterated.
Brusaferro: “More reassuring coverage in the next two months”
“When will it be possible to stop using the mask? It is a tool that serves to reduce the possibility of virus circulation. It is clear that this decreases with the increase of immunized people and if the numbers of the latter are high it is easier in certain contexts to be able to remove the mask. With the speed that the vaccination campaign has taken it is easy that in the next two months we will have even more reassuring coverage ”. Finally, this is the hypothesis of the president of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Iss), as explained in an interview with the newspaper “La Repubblica”. In this way, Brusaferro continued, “we can think of gradually releasing the masks, starting from outdoor contexts”, he stressed.