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#MaskUp #BringBackMasks trend as Covid-19, RSV, flu cases rise

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Yes, with the increase in cases of COVID-19, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and influenza, what would be an easy way to protect yourself and others? How about something that rhymes with the simple question, which means to wear a face mask? Well, the hashtags #MaskUp and #BringBackMasks are trending on Twitter with health professionals, scientists and others urging everyone to wear face masks.

Why the need to urge people to wear face masks again? After all, haven’t we experienced this before in 2020 and again in 2021? Do people not yet know the benefits of face masks? In the mid-2020s, it became clear that the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) could also spread via small respiratory droplets. These are droplets that can hang in the air like they don’t care and travel a distance of six feet or longer than Harry Styles (who is six feet tall). This has led to many places recommending and even requiring people to wear face masks while indoors in public to reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

Yes, face masks became an essential layer of the so-called “Swiss cheese” response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this case, Swiss cheese didn’t mean throwing Swiss cheese in the air, which would have been delightful for someone with big cheese traps. Instead, it aimed to ensure you follow at least three COVID-19 precautions at all times. Since every Covid-19 precaution has its own holes, stacking multiple precautions on top of each other will help obscure the shortcomings or flaws of each intervention. And you never want to go out in public with your piercings completely exposed, right?

As you’ve probably heard, scientific studies have suggested that using face masks over the past two winters is actually helping to reduce the spread of not only the COVID-19 coronavirus, but other respiratory viruses as well. But in 2022, as political leaders stop advocating the use of face masks following the politicization of masks, as fundamental as any Covid-19 precaution, many people seem to be dropping face masks. Were as if they were shutter sheds.

So with the weather turning cold and dry — conditions that can facilitate the transmission of respiratory viruses — and virtually no non-pharmaceutical COVID-19 precautions, it’s not surprising that the U.S. is in a so-called triple-threat situation. facing the prospect of a pandemic in the coming months. In fact, there are already increases in COVID-19, flu and RSV infections. On November 22, an average of 42,220 Covid-19 cases were reported per day, a 7% increase over the previous 14 days. The daily average of new COVID-19 hospitalizations rose 7% to 27,923 and COVID-19-related deaths increased 3% to 319 in the past 14 days. New York Timesthe CDC Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report indicated that “seasonal flu activity has increased nationwide” as of the week ending Nov. 12, 2022. reported for predetermined,

All this has fueled the spread of the #MaskUp hashtag. For example, actress Morgan Fairchild, who starred in several popular TV shows, such as Flamingo road And Falcon cresthas included the hashtag in several recent tweets, including the following tweet with a photo of her and her sister, Katherine Hart, also an actress and founder of Hart & Soul Acting Studio, both wearing face masks:

and Theo Moudakis, a cartoonist toronto starAdded the hashtag to one of his cartoons:

Meanwhile, Lucky Tran, PhD, a March for Science organizer and a science communicator at Columbia University, used the hashtag #BringBackMasks to circulate a petition for the state of New York to reinstate face mask requirements on public transportation. ready for:

Of course, two years of Covid-19 precautions must have left many people exhausted. But @dawnymock stressed that the COVID-19 pandemic is like a marathon and you don’t get to mile 21 of a marathon and just say, “Okay, where’s my citizen and freedom now”:

As they say, perseverance is the key to achieving anything except impatience. It’s not that the pandemic is taking longer than expected. In 2020, many experts predicted that the pandemic would last about two and a half to three years. So this could very well be the last winter in which vigilance and extra precautions are needed before the pandemic is over.

Big picture aside, does wearing a face mask really do that much? With all the ridiculous things fashion designers and trends want us to wear, what’s wrong with wearing a face mask? It’s not like you’re being asked to wear a string of thumbtacks. Wearing a face mask can even provide other benefits, such as obscuring other issues “sitting there,” as Camille Rondo St-Jean tweeted:

With respiratory viruses on the rise, people on social media are wondering why the Biden administration hasn’t done more to promote the use of face masks. The talk of pharmaceutical interventions continues, but what about those non-pharmaceutical interventions, which means it’s not something produced by a pharmaceutical company. For example, patient and health care advocate Robin Ruth pointed out that Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator, described COVID as “pure in the air,” but the chief of staff of the White House White House, Ronald Klein, don’t even mention it. Facemask in his “To Fight COVID” tweet:

You could say that Ruth provided a “masked zinger”, so to speak.

And Greg Gonsalves, PhD, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, referenced a CDC tweet that recommended that people cough into their top sleeves to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Still no mouth caps:

Coughing and sneezing aren’t the only ways you can spread SARS-CoV-2 through the air. Unless you put your elbow to your nose and mouth — which you shouldn’t, by the way — the CDC’s advice in the tweet won’t stop you from spreading the virus if you do things like breathe, talk, sing, and sing that Sia song “Jhoomar”.

In fact, many people have wondered why politicians treat “mask” as a dirty word. For example, at a White House press briefing on Nov. 22, a reporter asked Anthony Fauci, MD, “Masks and the word ‘mask’ have become pejorative in some parts of this country. Are you aware of the importance of wearing a mask?” talk because you’re worried about the holidays and people gathering?

The science is clear. Face masks, especially well-made ones like N95 respirators, can act as barrier protection for your nose and mouth. Questioning their effectiveness and demanding more randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of face masks would be like demanding more RCTs of curtains to see if they block light or underwear to see if they can. Can they prevent your genitals from being seen? Think about it. What would you rather have: someone who exhales virus particles all around you or at least some kind of barrier to reduce the number of virus particles spreading in the air? Healthcare workers such as surgeons and nurses have been wearing face masks for years to protect patients. N95 face masks have been tested for years and are specifically designed to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases. Not ready to face facts that require more study.

Of course, wearing a face mask can be uncomfortable. Of course, it can cover your beautiful, beautiful nose and your most amazing mouth. Surely you don’t want to rob the world of seeing such beautiful parts of your body. But no real public health expert is saying the need for face masks will last forever. Wearing a face mask is not just a personal decision. Your decision, in turn, will affect everyone around you and beyond. As they say, mask what you can for your country.

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