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April 1, 2021

Mask Mandates, On-Premises Dining, and COVID-19

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  • 1CDC COVID-19 Response Team, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
JAMA. 2021;325(21):2199-2200. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.5455
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    Relaxing Masking and Other Preventative Measures During COVID-19
    Michael McAleer, PhD (Econometrics), Queen's | Asia University, Taiwan
    Every city, state, region, or country around the world that has mandated the wearing of masks in public and restricted on-premises dining has had a significant reduction in the total number of COVID-19 cases and deaths through  presymptomatic and asymptomatic individuals.

    If social distancing is not possible or cannot be enforced, masking is essential in public at all times.

    Relaxation of preventative measures, such as masking and dining in indoor venues, should be restricted until a sufficiently high proportion of the population has received at least the prime shot of two shot vaccines.

    The effects on the
    economy should not be ignored, but opening up restaurants and relaxing the masking requirement in public are guaranteed to lead to surges in cases and deaths, as is happening on 4 April 2021.

    Governments and community leaders at all levels should be educating an exhausted public about the need for eternal vigilance.

    The same can be said about leading medical organizations and medical journals, which should be more forceful, that is, louder in warning the public about what is to come with premature relaxation of preventative measures regarding COVID-19.