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There are 9 comments on Masking “Strongly Recommended” in Crowded Indoor Spaces as COVID, Flu, Other Viruses Surge

  1. Maybe the reason the common cold, flu, and RSV, are so much worse this year is we have spent 3 years with masks on while socially distanced. Ultimately, we weren’t exposed to anything and thus we have weakened our immune systems. Aren’t we going to just continue this cycle if we continue to mask and shield ourselves from anything that might make us sick?

    In 2019, the CDC estimated that there were 25,000 deaths from the flu. In 2018 there were over 50,000. That is 100s a day during peak flu season but we didn’t hide away then. So, why are we doing it now? COVID is not leaving us…..ever. It is now endemic. Would it not benefit us to continue to vaccinate as we do the flu and mask when WE have symptoms as they have done in Asian countries for decades to protect others from our sickness?;,By continuing to mask constantly aren’t we just creating a cycle that will now never end?

    I am not an epidemiologist so some of these questions are real and not rhetorical. That said, it seems to me we just don’t know how to exit COVID and live life without fear.

    1. Exactly. “We don’t know why this is hitting us harder” seems almost silly when you take into account that everyone is underexposed to the daily elements of human interaction.

    2. First, wearing masks and social distancing can’t do anything to weaken our immune system. Exposures to disease-causing antigens can only trigger your immune response, and again, the amount of immune responses doesn’t relate to the overall strength of your immune system. Your immune system will always trigger to defend your body from germs, as long as you have a fine health, which has nothing to do with wearing masks or social distancing.

      Plus, we are almost exposing to germs anytime at everywhere. As long as u are still alive and feel fine now, your immune system is functioning well.

      Covid is not over. New variants will still emerge and will probably evolve quickly if people dont care about it. If people continue to being cautious, the chances of new mutations will be smaller, and Covid will finally fade with time.

      If you will risk your health of getting perpetual symptoms, go embracing freedom. Otherwise, protect yourselves.

    3. Completely agree. And RSV being on the rise is a nonsense statistic. Before they created the test that checked for all three at once, we almost never adults for RSV, because it doesn’t affect adults like it does children.
      “Strongly recommended” is also pretty cowardly. It provides ammunition for people that want to control and shout down others without providing reasonable protection for individual choice that used to be paramount to our culture. “Not required” is just as accurate to their policy, but the headline would read very different.

  2. I am glad to see the mask ordinance. Covid is not over. Even those “vaxxed to the max” have gotten COVID and gotten long-haulers, with brain fog, kidney disease and more. I’ve never taken mine off when around others. Sometimes I’m the only person so donned. It’s gotten old (and lonely), but I am not taking any chances.

    1. Those who distrusted an experimental vaccine and obtained natural immunity are clearly the winners. Side effects from the vaccine, including stroke and heart complications, are surfacing every day. Personally, I had to forge my little vaccine card to graduate from BUs medical school. So glad I’m out of that place. But sad to see those still being taken prisoner by a fearful administration.

  3. Your headline states that “viruses surge” yet today’s Globe shows a Boston-area wastewater report and states “Most recently, we can see that after levels of coronavirus rose over the holidays, the outbreak appears to be receding quickly.” (https://www.bostonglobe.com/2023/01/13/nation/charts-these-are-covid-19-metrics-watch-now/) …… That article also does use the term “surge” which seems to contadict the statistics given. I am pro-mask but we seem to be receiving contradictory information as to the state of virus “surge” – it must be either increasing or decreasing, no? That said, I am wary of a true surge once students (and others) return to town next week.

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