TX Health Experts Urge Mask Wearing Despite Restriction Lifted

Mar 8, 2021

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TEXAS MASKS -  Texas’s mask mandate disappears on Wednesday, but public health experts urge you to keep wearing them. UT Health / School of Public Health Epidemiologist  -  Katelyn Jetelina  says the more contagious  COVID variants  have  been detected in Houston,  and that means  they’re likely spreading throughout Texas.

“And so this is not the time to back off on measures when they're just gaining speed. That's the underlying reason of what the science is telling us and why wearing masks is important.”

"And so this is not the time to back off on measures when they're just gaining speed. That's the underlying reason of what the science is telling us and why wearing masks is important," Dr. Katelyn Jetelina, Epidemiologist / Assistant Professor at UT Health
Dr. Katelyn Jetelina, Epidemiologist, UT Health
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Jetelina also says that while Governor Abbott’s orders allow restaurants to open to full 100% capacity, that people should  keep ordering curbside meals  as much as they can. She also recommends to not go into a store or business that is full of people, especially if any of them are unmasked, and make sure any family members you interact with are doing the same.

“You can do to-go meals still, I would certainly not sit in the restaurant, especially if it's full 100% capacity, I wouldn't enter businesses that aren't enforcing the mask rule for their business. And I would, I would stay socially distanced.”

All five of the more contagious variants of the COVID virus have been detected in Texas.