As new COVID-19 variations emerge and instances of the disease reappear in some regions of the U.S.: a tried-and-true safety precaution from the pandemic period is making a comeback: mask requirements.
Since a few weeks ago, the number of COVID-19 cases has increased, and according to health officials, three new variations are spreading rapidly.
As a result, several companies and other organizations are once again enforcing the use of masks, which have been proven to be an efficient method for controlling the virus’s transmission. Cities and states have mostly abandoned mask regulations since COVID rates have decreased since their high in 2022, much like vaccination requirements.
According to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State, for instance, abandoned its demand that facial coverings be worn even in health care settings in February after the majority of nearby companies had already done so voluntarily.
Protecting Campus Health
This week, Morris Brown College in Atlanta made the decision to reinstate its two-week mask requirement because of an increase in COVID cases among students. According to a statement from college president Dr. Kevin James, masks were a requirement for all employees and students as of Tuesday.
The institution is also limiting the scale of events, including parties, and restarting its investigation into diseases.
For the following two weeks, the school said, “There will be no parties or significant student events on campus.” Students who test positive for COVID-19 are additionally required by the institution to stay in isolation for at least five days while still attending class electronically.
According to the most recent CDC statistics, the proliferation of novel variations has caused a 30% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations across Georgia.
An in-office mask requirement at Lionsgate’s Santa Monica offices is once again in effect in California as cases of the virus increase in Los Angeles, according to a Deadline story. According to the article, Lionsgate said that many employees had recently tested positive for COVID-19.
Source: cbs news