Time to return to indoor mask policies in states that are surging. It happened sooner than I expected, but when hospitalization trends look like this, something has to change.pic.twitter.com/aIOSRUfalh
Yes, it's perhaps unfair to vaccinated people, but with no way to differentiate a policy for all is the only practical way.
We also need to ramp up testing (again) and carefully prepare for school reopening. Mitigation measures must remain in schools: masks, ventilation, access to testing.
Clarification on tweet 2: unfair because some people may have gotten vaccinated with the understanding they could stop wearing a mask.
Hospitalizations graph from WaPo. Light purple is hospitalizations, dark is ICU. HHS Protect data also useful:https://protect-public.hhs.gov/pages/hospital-utilization …
Lol Florida is not imposing any more restrictions. It's up to the people to make the choice themselves.
What is the goal here? If vaccinated people are still protected from particularly bad outcomes (which I understand to be the case), aren’t rising case counts/hospitalizations almost entirely those who have chosen not to be vaccinated? I know some can’t get vaccine, but most can.
When people were unable to protect themselves, I understood the rational for more stringent rules. Now most people have a choice, and so I am less sympathetic of rules that only protect people from themselves.
I don't think Florida will consider this, DeSantis banned lockdowns, and they have a general anti-masking perspective as a state. I have MD friends in Florida who were given nasty looks everywhere they went because they wore masks in supposedly *liberal* counties no less
Serious questions: Are you worried about hospitals being overwhelmed? Why would you not expect seasonality bumps to be dampened as has shown in the previous periods?
Seasonality helps a bit. It isn't a substitute for an actual plan.