The New York State Department of Health and health specialist in California have issued statements advising people to begin wearing masks indoors again, as the number of Covid-19 cases is increasing. The concerned areas are Long Island, with the most affected counties being Suffolk and Nassau, while in California, the most affected region is the Bay Area. All the regions have been declared high-risk for the transmission of the virus.
According to health officials, a surge in the number of cases was expected to happen, especially after the lift of the mask mandates for crowded places. They have also mentioned that most of the cases they encounter are mild and that the hospitalization rate is low.
However, they advise everyone to continue wearing a mask, especially in places with high densities of people, where the risk of transmission is still elevated. The most efficient types of masks are considered to be N95, KN95 and surgical masks, which provide a good protection against the virus. At the same time, vaccination is highly recommended, as it represents the best protection against more severe variants of Covid-19.
Health officials also continue to encourage people to contact their healthcare provider whenever they have symptoms that may be associated with Covid-19 and to avoid interacting with other people, to prevent the transmission of the virus, if tested positive. In the case in which they are tested positive, people are advised to ask their doctor for antiviral medication which could help diminish the impact of the symptoms and lead to a faster recovery.
While the number of Covid-19 cases is not nearly as high as it was during the peak of the pandemic, it is wise to apply the same protection measures taken during those times. Getting vaccinated, wearing a mask and maintaining a good hygiene still are the most efficient ways to protect yourself from the virus.