New York City Issues Indoor Face Mask Advisory: New Jersey Next?
WILL NEW JERSEY FOLLOW NEXT?
If we have learned anything since 2019, it is this. When New York makes a COVID-19 decision … the state of New Jersey typically follows right behind.
Today, the New York City commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Dr. David Chokshi said the following:
“When you’re indoors, regardless of whether you’re fully vaccinated or not, everyone should be wearing a mask."
These weren’t just words. Chokshi "strongly" recommended today that everyone should wear a face mask indoor (public settings) at all times.
This indoor face mask mandate recommendation in New York City is regardless of vaccination status, because of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant.
It is not yet known of the new variant is more dangerous then other variants of COVID-19.
However, South African medical professionals have publicly stated that the Omicron variant has thus far been responsible for very mild cases only.
It was researchers in South Africa who first identified Omicron. To their credit, they promptly advised the world of its existence.
“We still have a lot to learn about the omicron variant,” Chokshi tweeted. “But its emergence lends urgency to the importance of the precautions we’ve all become familiar with – particularly vaccination, masking and testing.
"Delta remains the dominant strain – about 98% of sequenced specimens,"said Chokshi. "We do anticipate detecting omicron in the coming days, based on what we know about its global spread.”
What will New Jersey do in response?
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