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Public Health recommends the use of a mask amid lifting measures

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After the announcement by President Luis Abinader of suspending the containment measures for COVID-19, the Ministry of Public Health issued resolution 0008-2022, with which it nullifies previous resolutions that perpetuated some restrictions on the population.

However, it maintains some recommendations and measures of the health protocol to follow in the event of positive cases.

The new resolution ratifies that from now on it will not be necessary to present a vaccination card to enter public and private spaces.

Meanwhile, the use of a mask ceases to be “mandatory” and becomes a “recommendation” to avoid contagion, as well as constant hand washing and avoiding crowds.

The pandemic is not over. Public Health maintains the national territory declared endemic, and consequently, provides the following measures:

Use of masks, especially in people with immunosuppressive health conditions or risk factors such as kidney failure, HIV, cancer, tuberculosis, asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, diabetes mellitus, obesity, high blood pressure, pharmacological immunosuppression and falcemia; as well as to people who have close contact with them.

Rigorously, it recommends the use of masks in health centers, private and mass passenger transport. · Maintains the three-dose vaccination schedule against COVID-19 for people over 18 years of age.

It recommends a booster dose (fourth dose) for those over 60 years of age, immunosuppressed people and people who require it due to a special health condition, applicable six months after the third dose.

The follow-up protocol for a positive case remains the same.

If the patient is asymptomatic or requires outpatient treatment, they must remain in isolation for at least seven days from the positive test, without requiring a medical license. He will be able to return to work if he has no symptoms and without previously submitting another COVID test.

It ratifies that if a person was exposed to a positive case, they should be tested five days after exposure.

The governing body of Health in its resolution urges the population to be vigilant against possible sources of contagion in their daily activities.

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