At least five counties in New York now advise people to wear masks indoors, and as winter approaches, this recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) might lead to an increase.
“Wear a mask indoors in public and on public transportation. Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. Get tested if you have symptoms. If you are at high risk for severe illness, consider taking additional precautions.”
As winter approaches, two new COVID types are allegedly threatening to drive another rise, according to Los Angeles County health officials, who are also providing mask recommendations.
Health official for LA County Barbara Ferrar stated that “Many are predicting these strains, which are highly transmissible, are likely to drive an increase in cases this fall and winter.”
and advised individuals to take the “bivalent” COVID booster.
Ahead of the anticipated winter spike in COVID cases, advocacy groups like Ontario School Safety and others are advocating for mask regulations for kids in Canada.
She added,“We get it, we understand why maybe you’ve stopped masking, we understand the pressures to want to get back to what we call normal.We want Ontario open for business, open for learning.”
However, she continued, “we can keep things open, that we can continue with our activities and keep our kids in their sports and their clubs and keep them in school where they need to be. Everyone agrees — kids are best in school.”
“We have been living with this virus for a long time, and Queenslanders know what to do.”
She was supported in her call by Professor Adrian Esterman, chair of biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of South Australia.
He said, “The onus is now on the other states and territories to follow Queensland’s lead and upgrade their health advice, and if necessary, reimpose some public health measures, like face mask advice.Surely, mandating face masks on public transport is not that difficult.”
In recent weeks, conversations about whether to reinstate mask requirements in advance of the upcoming winter have also been taking place in Germany, Spain, the UK, and other countries.
Given that several studies have demonstrated masking to be ineffective at stopping the transmission of COVID-19, the current demands for it are totally unjustified.