The mayor of the U.S. city of New York, Bill de Blasio, has asked the population on Tuesday to wear two masks at least until June, while the authorities continue their vaccination campaign against the coronavirus. “Until June, keep doing exactly what you’re doing,” he said, before calling for “not just wearing one mask.” “Wear two. It could be that we follow this recommendation for a while, depending on what happens,” he said.
Thus, de Blasio stressed that the recommendation of this use until June is because the authorities consider that it will be then when they will have vaccinated five million people against the new coronavirus, as reported by the U.S. television network ABC. “June is when we want to get to five million New Yorkers fully vaccinated and June is the first time we would consider changing the rules on masks,” he has argued. “We are very concerned about the variants, they are a big risk factor,” he said.
Anthony Fauci, the head of the fight against the coronavirus in the United States, said a few weeks ago that it would be advisable for the population to wear two masks instead of one to increase protection against the virus. “It’s a physical covering to prevent droplets and viruses from getting in. If they have a physical cover with one layer and put another layer on top of it, it makes sense that it’s probably more effective,” Fauci said.
The United States is the country most affected by the pandemic in global figures, with 28,261,585 cases and 502,660 deaths — the first country to surpass the half-million mark. New York has confirmed 1,604,892 infections and 47,037 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.