When deciding which mask will provide adequate protection, the wearer must consider the context, experts say.
Unlike earlier COVID-19 waves, doctors say patients are in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s and this wave is more severe than prior surges.
While some companies have delayed the return to in-person work, in other offices, immunosuppressed people are left to cobble together their own strategies to minimize their risks.
The county executive order will take effect on Friday and will apply to everyone, whether they're vaccinated or not; violators could face a $1,000 fine.
Younger people are getting sicker, faster, as doctors and nurses watch.
Districts decry the loss of “local control” in health and safety decisions following the governor's order that schools require masks inside this fall.
State health officials called on local public health officials in areas with low rates to work with businesses and others to encourage inoculation.
The question for health experts is not if the latest and most contagious strain of COVID-19 will spread through communities, but how large the outbreak will be.