Experts recommend mask mandates
We’ve already seen it happen. Los Angeles County, for example, announced it would add an indoor mask mandate again as the delta variant continues to surge through the county, as I wrote for the Deseret News.
Former Surgeon General Jerome Adams told WISH-TV that mask mandates need to return to keep people safe.
- “We need to prepare the public for what could be, again, a return to some of these mitigation measures,” he said.
- He said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should “hit the reset button” and recommend mask-wearing again as the coronavirus cases continue to spike.
- “The best protection everybody has is masks,” she said.
Do people want mask mandates?
Not everyone wants a mask mandate, though. As The Washington Post reports, “many Americans say they have stopped wearing face coverings, and experts acknowledge it will be difficult to persuade them to resume.”
And there’s the economy to consider. Towns, cities and businesses have continued to reopen now that the indoor mask mandates have been taken down. Adding the mask mandates back could pose a threat to those businesses.
Will mask mandates return?
- “You know, recovery from just about anything comes in cycles — things get better, and they get worse, and they get better, and they get worse. It’s rare that it’s linear. And I think that’s what’s going on here,” Plescia said.