Bay Area health officials recommend hiding a mask indoors; The area has the highest infection rate in California

Twelve Bay Area health officials on Friday recommended that people wear masks indoors amid a new wave of Corona virus disease cases and hospitalization.

The Bay Area now has the highest rates of COVID-19 in California, which are fueled by sub-variables of Omicron, according to a joint press release.

If this is not required, The California Department of Public Health strongly recommends the use of a mask For most general internal settings.

San Francisco is reporting More than 60 people They were hospitalized with COVID-19, the largest spike in the Bay Area. This is a manageable burden for hospitals, said Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease physician and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

“At this point, there’s so much immunity that we’re seeing cases, but it’s mostly mild, and our hospital admissions are still low,” Gandhi said.

Bay Area health officials have said that wearing high-quality masks, such as N95 or KN95 or comfortable surgical masks, indoors is a wise choice that will help people protect their health.

“If you have chosen not to wear a mask in indoor public spaces recently, now is the time to start over,” Santa Clara County Deputy Health Officer Dr. George Han said in a statement. “Highly contagious sub-variants are prevalent here. If you add layers of protection like a high-quality mask, it lowers your risk and lowers the possibility of infecting others.”

By recommending, rather than ordering masks, health officials leave it to each person to determine their own risks. Some really, when it comes to eating out.

At Piperade, a French Basque restaurant on San Francisco’s Battery Street, owner Gerald Herigoyen said more people are choosing to eat outdoors in recent weeks, and he believes the slight increase in COVID-19 cases may affect their choice.

Fortunately, his entire vaccinated staff has remained healthy throughout this recent surge in cases. Masks are optional, depending on the employee’s preferences.

“Until now [COVID-19 cases surging] “Don’t translate into action yet,” Hirigoyen said. “It’s day in and day out, we have to see what happens.”

Health officials also said people should be vaccinated. In San Francisco, for example, 84% of eligible residents are vaccinated.

The advisory was sent by Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma counties, as well as the city of Berkeley.

gloomy teacher 1 million deaths from COVID In the United States, there is a need for constant vigilance against the virus.

The joint statement from health officials also encouraged the public to ask their doctors about antiviral drugs, such as Baxlovid, for people at greater risk of serious disease. It’s an option for some that can help shorten the course of symptoms if they test positive.

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Rudi Miller, who graduated from Berkeley Law School on Friday, expressed gratitude that the recent surge in COVID-19 infections among her classmates last month had largely dissipated in time for graduation.

“I think the school officials handled it really well, and the numbers went down significantly by the time graduation started,” Miller said.

She plans to move to San Francisco soon, and also plans to wear a mask most of the time.

“I feel comfortable continuing with the masking, because I think it’s the best way to combat COVID,” Miller said.

KTVU’s Emma Joss contributed to this report.