Fears of a COVID-19 summer surge prompt experts to call for a return to masking
2022-06-29 from theglobeandmail.com
It’s time to bring back indoor mask-wearing requirements, some health professionals say amid concerns of a potential surge in COVID-19 cases this summer.
In fact, according to Alberta emergency physician Chuck Wurster, public-health authorities across the country dropped the mandate prematurely.
“There wasn’t any indication that it was safe to do that,” Dr. Wurster said, pointing to the influx of COVID-19 patients he has seen in the emergency department as never really having stopped. “Masks should always be the first thing that we use and the last thing that we get rid of.”
Over the past month, countries such as the U.S., Israel, Portugal, France and Italy have seen a rise in COVID-19 cases. And with the emergence of even more infectious Omicron subvariants, particularly BA.4 and BA.5 – which appear able to evade immune protection – there are concerns that Canada, too, will be hit with another wave in the coming months.
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