Selin ATAY-TDO- The Vice-President of the FIMMG suggested that surgical masks do not provide protection against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Pier Luigi Bartoletti, Vice President of the FIMMG (Federazione Italiana Medici di Medicina Generale/Italian Federation of General Practitioners), made statements about the variant of the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) seen in the UK and he claimed that standard surgical masks are ineffective in protecting against the mutated virus. "The mutation is developing against the precautions we take against the virus, it can filter masks in confined spaces. FFP2 or FFP3 type masks can provide protection", he said.

“The mutation is no more deadly than the virus Covid-19”, the vice president of FIMMG said However Bartoletti said that "In cases with mutations, we find a lighter viral load, but it is definitely more contagious. Recently, cases are concentrated in the 20-50 age group and observed asymptomatically".  Pier Luigi Bartoletti, vice-president of FIMMG, is also the head of the Federation's Rome branch.

A statement by Professor Walter Riccardi, adviser to Italy's Health Minister, said that British mutation is 70 percent more contagious than the first seen novel type of coronavirus (Covid-19).

January December 2020, after the UK announced that the mutated virus had been detected in the country, Italy closed its borders with the country until January 6. Italian media reported that 10 cases of British variants in Italy so far.

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