Should We Keep Wearing Masks Even After the Pandemic Ends?

Should We Keep Wearing Masks Even After the Pandemic Ends?

While masks clearly have more benefits than drawbacks during the pandemic, their post-pandemic future is less certain. Even after health officials reversed course and began encouraging fabric masks in public, former President Donald Trump repeatedly downplayed masks’ importance. Traditional flu season won’t end until May, but flu death rates would have to increase astronomically to match last year’s full season toll. Once the pandemic ends, mask wearing wouldn’t even have to be mandatory or universal to make a difference. “We can’t even get [some] people to do it in the midst of the pandemic,” Malley notes.

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