BREAKING: NYC urges residents to MASK-UP again to prevent the spread of RSV, flu and Covid
- New Yorkers are being urged to mask up to prevent the spread of RSV and flu
New York City officials are once again advising residents to mask up to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like Covid – but even the flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
Dr Ashwin Vasan, commissioner of NYC Health, issued an advisory today urging the use of face coverings in indoor public places. It is not a mandate and will not be enforced by city officials – but some private businesses may choose to follow it.
A media release cites the surge in Covid, RSV and the flu striking the city. The Big Apple is currently recording 3,761 daily Covid infections, a 55 percent increase over the last two weeks. Daily information on flu and RSV infections is not available for New York City.
The move follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to mask up to prevent non-Covid respiratory viruses earlier this week.
America has been struck with massive flu and RSV surges this season. It has been described as the worst flu season since the 2009 Swine Flu pandemic. More than 80 percent of hospital beds in the US are currently in use as a result of the surge – a figure higher than it was at any point during the pandemic.