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Is the use of masks returning to the US? | Digital Trends Spanish


Philadelphia has become the first major US city to reinstate mandatory indoor mask wearing, after COVID-19 cases jumped more than 50 percent in 10 days.

According to Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole, this is the threshold for city guidelines on the matter.

More than 140 cases a day have been reported in Philadelphia, a fraction of what was seen at the height of the omicron surge, though hospitalizations remain low.

However, Bettigole said the recent spike in infections indicates the city could be at the start of a new wave, and officials are trying to get ahead of it by requiring the wearing of masks indoors.

According to Associated Presshealth inspectors will begin enforcing the mask mandate in businesses from April 18.

The United States is averaging 32,139 cases per day, according to a health tracker. New York Times. This is up 10 percent from two weeks ago, as the highly infectious BA.2 subvariant of omicron spreads.

The BA.2 subvariant of the coronavirus is now responsible for the 86 percent of COVID-19 cases in the United States and more than 90 percent of infections in the Northeast, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Currently, some 28 states are seeing case numbers rising, with some seeing sudden spikes.

In Rhode Island, for example, cases are up 94 percent from two weeks ago; in Kansas 81 percent, in Maryland 77; and in Oregon they are up 70 percent.

And while daily hospitalizations and deaths continue to decline, experts are urging Americans to do everything they can to avoid contracting COVID.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, said a few days ago that the virus can still cause significant illness and lead to prolonged COVID, the ramifications of which are largely unknown. .

For that reason, much of the United States may once again have to wear a mask indoors. In fact, in addition to Philadelphia, some institutions are already establishing that measure.

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as reported New York Times As BA.2 spreads, several universities are also reinstating mask-related mandates.

The American University in Washington DC, for example, he pointed this week that he would require face coverings in all buildings on campus while he works to prevent a spike in cases.

Also, Columbia University in New York mentioned that students will be required to wear non-cloth face coverings in classrooms. This will be a measure that will last for the rest of the spring semester until May 2nd.

Other institutions that have resumed wearing masks include the georgetown university in the District of Columbia; Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and Rice University in Houston, Texas.

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