San Francisco recommends masks in indoor places again

LAST July 16, noon San Francisco was among six other Bay Area counties and a release city joint statement Friday called on everyone, including those fully vaccinated, to wear masks in public places. This is a recommendation and not a requirement.

Li our full story on the advisory published by Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma and the city of Berkeley.

July 16, 7:30 am Los Angeles County was the first California region Thursday to reintroduce a mandatory indoor mask requirement for all residents, regardless of their vaccination status against COVID-19, as COVID-19 cases increase due to the most contagious delta case.

Yolo and Sacramento counties now recommend that everyone, even those who are fully vaccinated, wear face cover in public indoor settings.

San Francisco residents may ask, is the city next?

“We’re considering, basically, advising on suggested mask-wearing in certain cases,” Mayor London Breed you say Thursday at a press conference with reporters. “We demand that people who are not vaccinated, when they go indoors, that they wear masks and people who are vaccinated we don’t necessarily have a mask condition beyond that, but we are looking at a change in the policy , but not necessarily a warrant. “

With this news, the city also issued a statement ringing alarm bells and encouraging all eligible residents to get the vaccine. In the city, 83% of eligible populations have received at least one dose and 76% of eligible populations have been fully vaccinated since July 13th.

Over the week ending July 7, average daily new cases have increased more than fourfold to 42 new cases per day daily from a low of 9.9 cases per day on June 19, according to city officials.

The city did not indicate how many of these cases were in unvaccinated people, but Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease doctor at UCSF, said 99% of people in the hospital with COVID across the country are vaccinated ( including the 19th in San Francisco). Gandhi said: “The most important thing to know about deltas is that vaccines are sensitive.”

Gandhi said he does not think a new mask condition is necessary at the moment.

“I’m not because I’m very convinced that the approach by our top ID doctor (Dr. Fauci) to the country and the CDC is taking is sound,” Dr. Gandhi wrote in an email. “They are very clear that they do not intend to recommend masks for vaccination nationwide (White House task force brief July 8 21:33) but that we should focus on vaccination efforts and epidemic management and wave testing, treatment and vaccination for places in the country and high hospitalization rates among those who are not vaccinated. “

UCSF infectious disease expert Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, on the other hand, said that he thinks that with travelers coming to the Bay Area from other parts of the country and having different levels of circulating virus and vaccination rates, it makes increased sense in indoor mask donation, particularly as can be mounted locally.

Chin-Hong said: “The point is that we want to protect people who are not vaccinated because there are increasing reports about people being vaccinated for infection.” “This is still a rare circumstance, and people who are vaccinated will rarely get sick after infection, but nevertheless a moving target. It would still be a bummer (school, missed work) even to get infected as someone who gets vaccinated the vaccine and anxiety induced so wearing that indoor mask is not a bad idea for a cheap and painless intervention. “

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