“The best place we’ve been to make the transition”: UNC disease expert optimistic about ending mask mandate

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (WNCN) – We’ve seen this before: COVID-19 cases are shrinking, mask mandates are receding, cases are intensifying and restrictions are returning.

Dr David Wall, an expert on infectious diseases at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said that while he could not promise it would not happen again, we were in the best place we were to make that transition.

“Most of the people in this country who can get vaccinated have been vaccinated, and most of the vulnerable people, especially the elderly, the vast majority, have been vaccinated,” Dr. Woll said. “Unfortunately, many people became infected with COVID-19, but the better part is that they also developed immunity.”

As North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper recommends abolishing the mandates of schools and governments, some counties and business owners are wondering if it’s time to change that.

Dr. Wol advises giving him a few more weeks.

“I think in two or three weeks it makes a lot of sense for people who want to take off their masks,” he said.

Figures from the Ministry of Health and Social Services show that less than 3,000 patients with COVID-19 are in public hospitals, for the first time since early January it has fallen below this threshold. Keeping those numbers in awe is key.



“The best place we’ve been to make the transition”: UNC disease expert optimistic about ending mask mandate

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