With COVID-19 cases rising, will mask mandates return to North Carolina? A CBS-17 news report says Los Angeles and several California cities have gone back to mandatory mask wearing. Lawmakers in Arkansas and Missouri are also talking about reimposing the restriction.
David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, said he believes it’s time for mask mandates to return. He said they should be required for vaccinated and unvaccinated people in places where vaccination status is unknown, like in stores and restaurants.
Wohl was also featured in a CBS-17 news report about NC health officials issuing updated mask guidance for schools, where he agreed with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation that everyone over the age of two years old wear a mask in school, even if they are vaccinated.
“The key thing is when you start having just a few cases, you know, in a school, that school changes,” Wohl said. “Things get closed down, we don’t need that.”