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Does Omicron ‘BA.2’ mean we should start wearing a mask again?

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As a winter wave of Covid-19 infections faded, mask mandates were relaxed across the United States. However, an easily transmitted strain of the Omicron covid-19 variant known as BA.2 has spread and is accounting for a significant proportion of Covid-19 infections in the United States.

Although the BA.2 type accounts for a growing proportion of Covid-19 cases in the United States, total case numbers remain low. Following a spike since the pandemic began, the number of individuals hospitalized with Covid-19 is approaching its lowest point.

Public-health specialists are closely monitoring how the virus is spreading in Europe, where pandemic tendencies generally emerge a few weeks ahead of the United States, and where the number of cases and hospitalizations is increasing. According to Jason Bowling, an infectious-disease expert and director of hospital epidemiology at University Health in San Antonio, Americans should not be worried, but they should be alert.

“People should be aware that in the next few weeks, we’re likely to see an uptick in cases and so they should make plans accordingly and start making sure that they have masks,” explains Dr. Bowling.

BA.2 appears to be more contagious than BA.1 according to research. According to Dr. Bowling, it is also plausible that BA.2 is spreading faster than prior forms since Covid-19 measures such as mask mandates have been relaxed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises people to wear masks depending on neighborhood data and their own risk profiles. According to the organization, anybody who have symptoms, a positive test, or have been exposed to someone who has Covid-19 should wear a mask.

Those who opt to use a mask should wear “the most protective mask you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently,” according to the agency.

It points out that certain masks provide greater protection than others. Loosely woven cloth masks offer the least protection, while “layered finely woven products” offer more. Disposable surgical masks or KN95s that fit well are much better. According to the CDC, well-fitting respirators approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, such as N95s, provide maximum protection.

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