The following article, Bring Back Masks?! W.H.O. Starts Renewed Push as ‘Delta’ Variant Continues to Spread, was first published on Flag And Cross.
Just as the world was beginning to slip away from the oppressively omnipresent coronavirus pandemic, it appears as though some new trouble is cresting on the horizon in the form of a deadly variant of the highly-contagious illness.
One of the main gripes that many Americans had regarding the year-plus pandemic were the masks, meant to prevent the spread of the largely airborne virus, but seen by some to be over-the-top representations of government overreach.
Now, with cities and states reopening en masse, (and ditching their mask mandates while they are at it), the World Health Organization has issued a startling new statement.
“Vaccine alone won’t stop community transmission,” Dr. Mariangela Simao, WHO’s assistant director-general for access to medicines and health products, said during a briefing in Geneva, according to CNBC. “People need to continue to use masks consistently, be in ventilated spaces, hand hygiene … the physical distance, avoid crowding. This still continues to be extremely important, even if you’re vaccinated when you have a community transmission ongoing.”
Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Friday called the delta variant “the most transmissible of the variants identified so far … and is spreading rapidly among unvaccinated populations,” the Voice of America reported.
The recommendation comes weeks after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said vaccinated people can go most places without masks. However, federal mandates remain on airplanes, for example.
The Delta variant has been a real problem for nations who’ve been laggardly in their vaccination efforts, which has certainly not been the case here in the United States.
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