Some cities are discussing returns to indoor masking. Here's what you need to know.

Some cities are discussing returns to indoor masking. Here's what you need to know.

Some cities are discussing returns to indoor masking. Here's what you need to know.

July 26,2022 - It's a confusing time, yet again, in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Consider this: Covid-19 cases are increasing across the US, driven by the most transmissible variant of the coronavirus yet. Reinfections are up too, and may increase the likelihood of new health problems. Even President Joe Biden has contracted the virus, forcing him to work in isolation from the White House. Each of these developments is alarming in their own way. But none of them seems to have shaken the public conscious like earlier pandemic news could. In CNN's latest national poll, Covid-19 was a central concern to just 26% of voters, far behind the economy, abortion and the climate crisis.

The share of the United States population that lives in a county with a "high Covid-19 Community Level," where the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends universal indoor masking, has doubled over the past two weeks. And as Americans have switched to more rapid at-home tests, official case counts reflect just a fraction of the true disease burden.
    That's why there's renewed discussion of indoor masking, with Boston, for example, issuing a new mask advisory earlier this month. But a lot depends on local politics, and the merits of such measures -- especially mandates -- remains a matter of debate.

    "Those who prioritize avoiding infection should keep masking -- but make sure they are using an N95 or equivalent (KN95 or KF94), that it's well-fitting, and that they use it in all indoor public spaces."

    Read more here.

    Source: <https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/25/politics/covid-19-mask-mandates/index.html>

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