LA County health officials recommend wearing a mask indoors to curb the spread of the Delta variant
The recommendation is intended as a precautionary measure and not as a rule. It comes amid mounting evidence that the Delta variant of the coronavirus is spreading in LA County.
Don’t throw away your masks yet. Los Angeles County health officials recommend that everyone, regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status, wear a face mask indoors in public places due to the Delta variant spreading quickly.
“I just think it’s a reasonable precaution,” said Barbara Ferrer, LA County director of public health.
It comes amid mounting evidence that the Delta variant of the coronavirus is spreading in LA County – the mutation now accounts for half of the county’s variant cases. The Delta variant is believed to be more contagious and can cause more serious illness.
The recommendation is intended as a precautionary measure, not a rule, and comes two weeks after the state lifted a public mask warrant for vaccinated Californians. Since then, the state’s COVID-19 cases have increased slightly.
“I never want to go back to where we need to impose more guidelines,” Ferrer said. “But I am not in favor of a strategy that involves a lot of risk on the same essential workers who were hit the hardest the first time around.”
Less than half of working-age Latinos and Black Angelenos between the ages of 18 and 49 have received a dose of coronavirus vaccines. This means that less than 50% of the workforce in many companies is unvaccinated and now spends hours a day around a largely unmasked audience.
“If we put on all of our face coverings while we go shopping or while we are at the theater. I don’t see this as too much of a demand from ourselves, ”Ferrer said. “I see this as a prudent thing to do to really keep community transmission rates as low as possible during a full reopening, knowing that we have a lot of people not yet vaccinated and we don’t want a significant increase in the transmission.”
Ferrer said nationally, fully vaccinated people account for about 10% of Delta variant cases, although they are much less likely to be hospitalized or die from the virus. Unvaccinated people made up 89% of the LA County population 123 Delta variant cases.
Ferrer doesn’t think the LA guidelines are confusing even though they are more cautious than those issued by the CDC.
“Our job at this point is to come up with ways to help guide people looking for better information on how to make decisions during the pandemic, as it is today,” she said. declared.
The LA County Department of Public Health recently updated its mask guidelines, which allow fully vaccinated people to dispense with face coverings in most indoor and outdoor environments.