KNBC: Cedars-Sinai Encourages Californians to Keep Masks Handy as State Reopens
KNBC recently published a City News Service story explaining why Californians shouldn't ditch their masks just yet, even though individuals who are vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer required to wear them in most situations.
- When masks are still required—during travel, in healthcare settings, in some workplaces
- In crowded spaces—especially for immunocompromised patients
- During cold and flu season—to prevent the spread of those respiratory illnesses
Oft, who treats patients in Cedars-Sinai's COVID-19 Recovery Program, advised being extra cautious when gathering in large groups. "Any situation where I am sharing air with a lot of people—things like movie theaters and concerts come to mind—I would definitely consider wearing a mask in that situation," she said in the article.
But it's important to remain flexible, said Ben-Aderet, who is associate director of Hospital Epidemiology at Cedars-Sinai. He explained that public health guidelines could change if the number of COVID-19 cases starts climbing again.
“These recommendations are likely to remain somewhat complex, because they're based on multiple variables, like community prevalence of COVID-19, overall vaccination rate, level of risk and specific populations,” he said in the article.
The bottom line? Get used to wearing masks. They will remain powerful tools against COVID-19 and other viral illnesses far into the foreseeable future.
Click here to read the complete story from KNBC.