DC issues mask advice in the middle of Omicron, Balks by reinstating the mandate

The district, which last week lifted its indoor mask mandate, has now issued a mask advice amid the emergence of the omicron variant of coronavirus.

Dr. LaQuandra S. Nesbitt, the city’s health director, said Thursday that the counseling is in line with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that communities with significant or high infection have mask counseling, the WTOP reported.

The city is currently classified by the CDC as a significant transmission area (50 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people), the WTOP reported.

Although DC has not reinstated the city-wide mandate lifted by Mayor Muriel Bowser on Nov. 22, masks are still required on public transportation and inside hospitals, schools, assembly facilities and government buildings. Private companies can also set their own policies on whether customers and staff should wear them.

The Omicron variant, first discovered in South Africa at the end of last month, has not yet been determined to be more virulent or contagious than other virus strains, although its high number of mutations and possible ability to avoid vaccines has worried health officials worldwide. .

The first case of the variant in the United States was reported Wednesday in California, with nine other cases since found in New York, Colorado, Minnesota and Hawaii.

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