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Texas is doing better....on the mend.
DALLAS — Gov. Greg Abbott said that if recent closures and face mask requirements don't lead to better results in the state's fight in the coronavirus pandemic "additional action will be required."
In an interview Friday afternoon with WFAA, Abbott said those measures, such as closing bars and other enforcement, should lead to positive results.
originally posted by: carewemust
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Texas is doing better....on the mend.
PHOENIX – Other than specific exceptions, everybody in metro Phoenix is required to wear a face mask in public after the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved requirements last week.
In one of the most drastic rollbacks of reopenings yet, Arizona is closing bars, gyms, movie theaters and other businesses for 30 days amid a "brutal" increase in Covid-19 cases, Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday.
The University of Washington computer coughed up numbers projecting 142,000 more Covid-19 deaths over the next 4 months. 1,180 deaths every single day in the USA for the next 4 months.
Murray said that mitigation measures are key to controlling the virus, but that their use and implementation is too inconsistent. For example, IHME projects that more than 66,000 lives could be saved by Dec. 1 if virtually everyone leaving their homes wore masks.
Asymptomatic infections may be harmful for spread but could actually be beneficial if theylead to higher rates of exposure. Exposing society to SARS-CoV-2 without the unacceptable consequences of severe illness with public masking could lead to greater community-level immunity and slower spread as we await a vaccine. This theory of viral inoculum and mild or asymptomatic disease with SARS-CoV-2 in light of population-level masking shows the benefits of mask-wearing for the individual (as well as others) as a pillar of COVID-19 pandemic control.
In a more recent report from a cruise ship outbreak in Argentina, all passengers were issued surgical masks and all staff provided N95 masks after the initial case of COVID-19 on the ship was detected.41 In this closed setting with masking, where 128 of 217 passengers and staff eventually tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 via RT-PCR, the majority of infected patients on the ship (81%) remained asymptomatic, 41 compared to 18% in the cruise ship outbreak without masking 40 and 40% as the typical rate.
the “inoculum” theory argues for a major protective effect for the individual and will allow for the preservation of life and less severe illness, along with other COVID-19 control measures, as society re-opens. This perspective puts forth another advantage of population-level facial masking (protecting the individual) for SARS-CoV-2 control based on an old but enduring theory18 regarding viral inoculum driving clinical manifestations, as well as epidemiologic observations for COVID-19 over time.
originally posted by: Kenzo
a reply to: carewemust
Yeeh same size about...
The mask recommendations and mandates are not only Ineffective but also dangerous to people.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration will significantly loosen federal mask-wearing guidelines to protect against COVID-19 transmission on Friday, according to two people familiar with the matter, meaning most Americans will no longer be advised to wear masks in indoor public settings.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday will announce a change to the metrics it uses to determine whether to recommend face coverings, shifting from looking at COVID-19 case counts to a more holistic view of risk from the coronavirus to a community. Under current guidelines, masks are recommended for people residing in communities of substantial or high transmission — roughly 95% of U.S. counties, according to the latest data.
The new metrics will still consider caseloads, but also take into account hospitalizations and local hospital capacity, which have been markedly improved during the emergence of the omicron variant.