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Increasing Covid Demands People to Start Wearing Masks Again

Scientists and other health experts are warning that, as the highly transmissible delta Covid form spreads swiftly across the United States and around the world, indoor mask mandates and other public health measures will likely reappear in the United States this fall. As a result, the country is set for a “dangerous” fall season, when delta is predicted to trigger another increase in new coronavirus infections, according to health experts.

The country just celebrated the Fourth of July with some of its first public gatherings in more than a year. Delta, which is already the most common variant in the United States, will wreak havoc on the states with the lowest vaccination rates unless states and businesses reinstate mask rules, capacity limits, and other public health measures that have been primarily rolled back in recent months, according to experts.

With new variants being identified every few weeks, many experts now believe that Covid will continue to circulate for at least the next two to three years, forcing countries to reinstitute public health measures on an ad hoc basis. For example, curfews and other measures have lately been reinstated by authorities in Australia, South Africa, and Asia to combat growing delta outbreaks.

Japan has declared a coronavirus emergency in Tokyo, prohibiting spectators from attending the Olympics. High vaccination rates in the United States, combined with the warm summer months, have given the country some breathing room, but outbreaks worldwide are giving Americans a taste of what is to come this fall.Lawrence Gostin, director of the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law, said, “I could foresee that in certain parts of the country, there could be a reintroduction of indoor mask mandates, distancing and occupancy limits” in the coming months.”

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