According to the national media, New York City faces high levels of Covid-19, flu, and RSV cases in the following holiday season. To slow the transmission of viruses, NYC health officials issued a health advisory strongly urging New Yorkers to use masks.
New York Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan said that the rise in respiratory viruses is the reason why the city’s health office is recommending, not only the use of masks but also vaccinations and boosters.
The advisory recommends New Yorkers use high-quality masks when indoors and in crowded outdoor settings. This is especially important for those who are at increased risk for complications from COVID-19, RSV, or the flu, such as those ages 65 and older and immune-compromised people.
“Wear a high-quality mask, such as a KN95 or KF94 or an N95 respirator, for additional protection,” city health officials say.
The Advisory also urges people to get vaccinated for COVID-19 and flu, even if they have been vaccinated previously.