Lifting Mask Mandates Could Trigger Fourth COVID-19 Wave

Lifting Mask Mandates Could Trigger Fourth COVID-19 Wave

Share on Pinterest Despite many states easing mask restrictions, health experts contend it’s too early to abandon preventive measures that slow the spread of COVID-19. Montinique Monroe / Getty Images Texas, Alabama, and several other states are canceling mask mandates and allowing businesses to open at, or near, full capacity. Health experts argue that ending the mandates early could lead to a fourth wave of cases and hospitalizations as well as the possible emergence of new SARS-CoV-2 variants. Mississippi and Alabama followed suit soon after, joining a couple other states — Iowa and Montana — that recently tossed away their mask mandates. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that mask mandates are no longer needed because of the advancements made with vaccines and therapeutics, as reported by NPR.

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