People embrace first weekend of mask-free activities in San Francisco – CBS San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) – As the omicron surge that hit the United States this winter recedes, Bay Area residents are away for the first weekend since the mask mandate went into effect. interior.
“We’re going to take a three to six month hiatus, whatever happens next,” said UCSF infectious disease specialist Dr. Peter Chin-Hong.
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Dr Chin-Hong says he expects community immunity to decline by early fall. Still, he said we shouldn’t see too many serious cases with recalls and recent infections in play.
For now, he says there are situations where people should still wear masks.
“Certainly a crowded indoor environment, where you spend a lot of time, poor ventilation, I think most people already know that. But there are other scenarios, especially if you are over 65 and not boosted,” he added.
We found people still getting used to not having to wear masks along the Embarcadero on Saturday night.
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“Actually, I’m very happy with it. Still concerned about COVID, as we have family members who are immunocompromised, but that’s fine,” said Renee Chatas of Oakland.
“I haven’t really noticed it yet because I work in the city and our company still requires us to wear the masks. So we have very strict rules at work and I followed them and it became a habit,” said Phil Cepeda from Dublin. “So sometimes I find myself driving home on the freeway with the mask on when it’s not even necessary.”
This week, Governor Newsom unveiled the state’s plan to transition from pandemic to endemic. California is the first state in the country to officially adopt such an approach – a long-term strategy that includes the use of vaccines, tests and masks.
“It feels like we’re naked without it now, but it’s a little unusual but eventually it will come back to normal,” said Sean Anayah of Sacramento. “It really does feel like a breath of fresh air, no pun intended.”
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The governor is expected to announce his mask policy in schools on February 28. Currently, students must always wear masks inside schools.