Experts Say it May Be Time to Mask Up Again Following Covid-19 Surge
Experts are warning that it may be time to mask up again following the latest Covid-19 surge. With the spread of the Delta Variant among unvaccinated people it may be time to restart the nations pandemic response and mask up again. On Monday, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra signed a renewal of the public health emergency status due to the Coronavirus for another 90 days. Los Angeles County reinstated their mask mandates last week which require masking indoors regardless of vaccination status. According to data from the CDC, about 28% of the U.S. population or over 91 million people live in a county considered to have ‘high’ Covid-19 transmission and only 48.7% of the total U.S. population is fully vaccinated.
As of yesterday the country is averaging 37,055 cases a day which is 54% higher than the prior week and more than 2 and a half times the average recorded about two weeks ago according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The American Academy of Pediatrics reported that last week more than 23,000 kids caught the virus which is double what was reported at the end of June. Dr Anthony Fauci said that it is ‘very likely’ that data about Covid-19 vaccines in children under the age of 12 may be available in early winter and that when they do become available to kids, he would not be surprised if schools considered including Covid-19 vaccines as a required immunization.