Analysis: Long Beach Should Lead on Face Masks

Updated: Alert Long Beach “The City of Long Beach Health Department has released guidance for individuals wearing face coverings to protect against COVID-19 when leaving their homes for essential activities. Face coverings are an additional measure to help prevent community spread of the virus, but should not replace frequent hand washing and physical distancing. N95 and surgical masks are not recommended for public purchase and should be reserved for medical personnel. Visit: longbeach.gov/COVID19 for more information. Remember – we are Safer at Home. Stay Home. Save Lives.”

Updated: CDC Now Recommends Americans Consider Wearing Cloth Face Coverings In Public

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Covid-19 is sweeping the nation and the world. Day by day, cases are mounting raising pressure on individuals and governments to respond appropriately by shutting down schools, postponing events, and enforcing social distancing to stop the spread of this contageous airborne zoonotic virus.

On February 29th, the United States’ Surgeon General Jerome Adams posted a tweet saying,

“Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!”

This advice proved to be dangerously wrong.

Now, Adams in an interview with Good Morning America said, “We’ve learned there’s a fair amount of asymptomatic spread, and so we’ve asked the CDC to take another look at whether or not having more people wear masks will prevent transmission of the disease to other people,”  He went on to say, “Even if you do wear a mask, it can’t be at the expense of social distancing”

Long Beach has the opportunity to take a lead in the nation and start moving towards the encouragement and enforcement of wearing face masks when residents go out and about, especially to food shop. Scientists have shown the virus can survive in the air for a certain period of time, still unknown, outside of laboratory conditons.

Local businesses such as Red Eye Media have started to manufacturer face masks on their own however, many individuals are still unsure on whether or not they should wear a face mask or not when they go out in public.

This is war against an invisible enemy. Our economy in many places is shutdown while the public self isolates as much as possible. We must take overcautious steps now to defeat this virus. I believe Long Beach has already taken many positive steps in the eradication of Covid-19 from our communities. Now is time to take the next courageous step in doing so by drawing up common sense policy with recommendations of when to wear face masks.

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