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NBC News’ senior medical correspondent praised Philadelphia Monday for reinstating a masks mandate amid an uptick in coronavirus circumstances.
“I think they’re doing the right amount of caution here, trying to get it under control, getting masks back on these public places, seeing what direction it goes,” stated Dr. John Torres on MSNBC‘s “Hallie Jackson Reports.”
He additionally acknowledged that “some people” will criticize the mandate for being “overly cautious” however that “making sure those cases stay in control” and “flattening the curve, as we used to say,” is essential.
The Centers for Disease and Control doesn’t at the moment advocate sporting masks indoors in locations the place neighborhood ranges are low except an individual carries a specific threat – comparable to being immunocompromised. According to the CDC tracker as of Monday, Philadelphia’s neighborhood stage is low.
“I have started to put my mask back on only because I know what’s coming … and these things lag a few days, so I’m trying to protect myself and my family by doing that when I go out into public places,” Dr. Torres stated. “That’s an option that we have and people can do that, but I think you’ll see more mandates happen as time goes on.”
“Our city remains open; we can still go about our daily lives and visit the people and places we love while masking in indoor public spaces,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney stated after asserting the reinstatement of the masks mandate.
Philadelphia’s mandate, set to start out on April 18, was reimposed amid rising circumstances of an omicron sub-variant referred to as the BA.2 pressure, infections throughout the U.S., and notably, the Northeast.
“Recently we’ve been watching COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise in several European countries and some places in the U.S., and now were starting to see cases here in Philadelphia rise,” Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole stated.