Masks should be worn even when restrictions are lifted, says MP

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While loosening the restrictions in Latvia, the requirement to wear masks in public places should be maintained, member of the Saeima Social and Labour Affairs Commissions, doctor Andris Skride told Latvian Television morning broadcast Rīta Panorāma on February 14.

Covid-19 patients are still a burden on inpatient units and general practitioners. Many medical staff members are also ill, especially nurses. The three-step plan prepared by the Ministry of Health to reduce Covid-19 restrictions has been discussed with medical organizations, and it is viable, said Skride.

At the same time, Skride expressed hope that the requirement for wearing masks in public places would be maintained.

"I assume that we will keep the masks after April 1. Masks are a good means of protecting against this virus, which largely spreads as droplets through the air," Skride said.

He also said that recent medical observations have shown that the type of Covid-19 Omicron has a significant impact not only on human lungs but also on the cardiovascular system.

“We will experience a larger wave of infarctions, strokes, inflammation of blood vessels and heart in people who have not yet received this vaccine [against Covid-19],”  said Skride.


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