(RoyalPatriot.com )- Last Wednesday, US health officials were once again warning that another surge in COVID cases could be expected in the coming months and urged local officials in areas currently experiencing an increase in cases to reissue indoor masking requirements.
According to the new guidelines issued last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the increasing case numbers and hospitalizations call for another round of masking and other COVID protection measures.
According to the CDC, about one-third of the US, mostly in the Northeast and Midwest, live in areas deemed “higher risk.” The CDC suggested that people in those areas should consider wearing masks indoors.
During a White House briefing last week, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said prior waves of COVID infections indicate that infection increases travel across the country. She said local leaders in the areas currently experiencing a surge in cases are being encouraged to use “prevention strategies” like reinstituting an indoor mask requirement and increasing testing and treatment.
Meanwhile, the White House COVID coordinator, Dr. Ashish Jha warned that it is increasingly likely the US will face a fall and winter surge in COVID cases unless Congress spends more money on vaccines and treatments, adding that there would be “unnecessary loss of life” without further taxpayer funding.
Dr. Jha told the Associated Press last week that the US has already fallen behind in securing the “next generation” of COVID vaccines and the domestic manufacturing for at-home COVID tests has dried up now that demand for them has dwindled. Jha said unless Congress allocates more funding for testing, domestic manufacturers will shut down completely.
Studies do not support the claim that wearing masks are effective against the spread of COVID-19. Masks, especially cloth masks, have little or no effect. However, that probably won’t stop Democrat-run states in the Northeast and Midwest from ordering another indoor mask mandate.