Chacabuco became last Thursday in the first municipality in Argentina to launch the “smell control”, a new modality to try to detect cases of coronavirus and prevent the spread within the municipality.
The mechanism is simple: a cardboard with a fragrance that drivers should smell and identify to certify that your sense of smell is in perfect condition.
Why can this test demonstrate the presence of coronavirus? According to the secretary of Management Evaluation, Maximiliano Felice, 70% of those infected have anosmia, that is, loss of smell.
“80% of infected people are asymptomatic, they have neither fever nor cough, but they have the virus and they can spread it. Of this 80%, 70% The first symptom you have is anosmia. SIf it is given that he lost his sense of smell, the data is taken, the Health people are contacted and asked to take all precautions. It is to care for the asymptomatic and avoid infecting others, “said the municipal official.
This control device is added to the usual procedure in which the temperature is taken and the patent sheet is identified, in addition to verifying if the driver has permission to drive.
In Chacabuco, where 55 thousand people live, a restriction of vehicular circulation according to whether it is even or odd patent and the obligation to wear a chinstrap or face mask.