Orange County’s health officer resigned this week after protests at her house over her mask mandate. Fresno, Riverside and San Bernardino counties softened theirs after push-back. President Trump has famously shunned the coronavirus face covering. And Santa Clara County resisted mask orders for weeks before joining other Bay Area counties in requiring them.
As states reopen amid the continued Covid-19 pandemic, many are documenting still-rising amounts of new cases. This is partly, or largely, as a result of bad pandemic-time behavior—that is, not wearing masks rather than social-distancing. Even in New York, that has done so well in reducing its numbers, people are getting weary as well as a little sloppy with protections. A new study outside in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that among each of the strategies for reducing transmission, wearing face mask… Read the rest