Dr. Fauci urges mask use, warns against ‘false complacency’ against COVID-19 |
July 7, 2020
Montgomery Advertiser – The longtime head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases on Tuesday said he was “strongly in favor” of mandating mask use amid a rise in COVID-19 cases in Alabama and around the nation.
Speaking on a Facebook event with U.S. Sen. Doug Jones on Tuesday morning, Fauci said ordinances requiring mask use — like one instituted by Montgomery last month — sent a clear message about its importance in containing the outbreak.
“If you say ‘it doesn’t matter whether you put it on or take it off,’ you’re giving a wrong, mixed signal,” he said. “The message should be, ‘Wear a mask, period.’ “
The message came after a recent surge in Alabama’s COVID-19 caseload. According to Bama Tracker, the 7-day average of new cases in the state went from 292 on June 5 to 1,212 on July 5. Alabama passed 1,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday.
In Montgomery, the positive rate of testing has been at 19% since mid-June. Elmore County’s positive test rate has crept up to 13%.
While the mortality rate from the disease appears to have fallen from the levels in April and May, Fauci and Jones both stressed that the disease remained both deadly and disruptive.
“It’s a false narrative to take comfort in a lower rate of death,” Fauci said. “There’s so many other things that are dangerous and bad about the virus. Don’t get into false complacency … ” Read more.
Coronavirus expert says Americans will be wearing masks for ‘several years’
July 7, 2020
Fox6 Now, BALTIMORE — Health experts won’t ask Americans to take off their masks any time soon.
That’s the take of Eric Toner, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. He has been preparing for an outbreak like the novel coronavirus as part of his work for years.
Johns Hopkins practices virus simulations as part of is preparedness protocol, with the goal of offering public health experts and policymakers a blueprint of what to do in a pandemic.
One of those simulations took place in October 2019, when Toner and a team of researchers launched a coronavirus pandemic simulation in New York, running through various scenarios on how residents, governments and private businesses would hypothetically react to the threat.
One thing that stood out to him: Face coverings are a vital defense to stop the spread of the virus. He believes COVID-19 won’t slow down in the U.S. even as states start to slowly reopen …
For those who refuse to wear a mask in the interim, Toner said they’ll eventually wise up.
“They will get over it,” he says. “It’s just a question of how many people get sick and die before they get over it … ” Read more.