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Face Mask Requirements Returning As Covid-19 Coronavirus Cases Rise

Face Mask Requirements Returning As Covid-19 Coronavirus Cases Rise

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Well, this is what happens when the genie has left the bottle, and it’s not wearing a face mask.

In the words of Christina Aguilera, oh, woah, woah. Covid-19 cases have been on the rise throughout the U.S. This is just two months after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changed their face mask guidelines in May so that fully vaccinated people would no longer have to wear face masks indoors, as I described then for Forbes. Since it’s difficult to tell whether people are fully vaccinated because they may do a thing called lying, many state and local authorities soon abandoned face mask requirements all together.

And now it looks like all of this may have been premature relaxation so to speak, leaving a rather messy situation. Of course, politicians say, “sorry we screwed up” about as often as your dog says, “my bad” after he’s left a deuce on your carpet. Nevertheless, some authorities are already having to reverse their face mask decisions. Fueled in part by the spread of the more transmissible Delta variant of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV2), Covid-19 cases have indeed been back on the rise again. For example, the number of daily new reported Covid-19 cases in Los Angeles County have more than quadrupled from June 15 to July 15. Similarly, San Francisco has recently experienced an eight-fold rise in daily new reported Covid-19 cases.

So, as of 11:59 on July 17, the Los Angeles Country Department of Health is requiring all people in the County to wear face masks when indoors in public areas and businesses again. That’s all people as in whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated. So if you are two years of age or older and in an office, a store, a rave, a disco, or a bar, you should be wearing a face mask. (If you are a one-year-old in a disco or a bar, what the bleep are you doing.) Many San Francisco counties are not yet requiring but are now recommending that “everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in public places to ensure easy verification that all unvaccinated people are masked in those settings and as an extra precautionary measure for all.” In the words of Demi Lovato, here we go again.

The return of more face mask wearing in these and other locations happens to coincide with World Mask Week 2021, which concluded July 18 and was supported by the Pandemic Action Network, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the African Union, 3M and over 50 other organizations. And to all conspiracy theorists, this was a coincidence and not planned.

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