With COVID-19 cases expected to rise, should you be wearing a mask again? Here’s what experts say – CTV

Oct. 5, 2022

We are in the “Omicron era” of the COVID-19 pandemic, as infectious disease specialist Isaac Bogoch puts it.

The newest sub-lineages of the Omicron variant, BQ.1/BQ1.11 and BA.2.75.2, are extremely transmissible and have been detected in other parts of the world. Bogoch believes the sub-lineages may drive future waves across Canada.

When it comes to efforts preventing the spread of the variant, some data suggests wearing a mask can reduce the rate of COVID-19 infections at the community level, Bogoch told CTVNews.ca in a phone interview.

“But in the Omicron era, we’re seeing some weakening of that data, meaning there’s just not a lot of wiggle room in the Omicron era.”

By “wiggle room,” he means masks reduce the risk of getting infected, but don’t eliminate it.

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/with-covid-19-cases-expected-to-rise-should-you-be-wearing-a-mask-again-here-s-what-experts-say-1.6096287

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