King County’s public-health officer, others recommend indoor mask-wearing, for three reasons

Those three reasons are RSV, flu, and COVID-19. From today’s announcement:

Public Health – Seattle & King Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin joins other local health officers and health care leaders in recommending masking in indoor public spaces and other prevention measures given the high level of respiratory viruses circulating and stress on hospitals.

Communities across our state and around the U.S. are experiencing an unprecedented surge in viral respiratory illnesses, including respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza and COVID-19. As health officers and health-care leaders working to improve the health of Washington residents, we recommend that everyone wear a high-quality, well-fitting mask when around others in indoor spaces to protect against both acquiring and spreading these infections to others.

We also urge everyone who is eligible to stay up to date on your vaccinations. Vaccinations are the most important way to protect against severe influenza and COVID-19 infections, including hospitalization and death. Everyone 6 months and older should be vaccinated against these diseases and those who are eligible for an updated COVID-19 booster should get it now.

Other necessary strategies include:

-Staying home from work and school and testing for COVID-19 if you develop symptoms.
-Having a plan for rapid treatment for COVID-19 and influenza for people who are at increased risk for severe infections.
-Improving indoor air quality through ventilation, filtration, and UV technology where appropriate.

We expect the flu to circulate for months, so now is the time to get your flu shot!

You can see the full announcement – including the list of local health officers and health-care-organization leaders who have signed on to the recommendation – by going here.

9 Replies to "King County's public-health officer, others recommend indoor mask-wearing, for three reasons"

  • PSPS December 9, 2022 (3:53 pm)

    This will trigger the MAGA crowd so, along with masks, we’ll all have to wear body armor too.

    • Hoi Polloi December 10, 2022 (11:38 am)

      Recommendations are fine.  Mandates that close business and schools if every single person doesn’t comply have caused widespread economic damage and learning loss.  Still have not learned your lesson have you?  Guess some people are just slow.  

      • Lauren December 11, 2022 (11:54 am)

        I’d say it’s the 1 million+ people dead from Covid that’s caused economic damage. But to each their own.

  • Elle December 9, 2022 (5:28 pm)

    This announcement makes me wonder, How is the vibe in West Seattle?  Are people largely unmasked?  I had assumed that all the protocols were long since relaxed there.  Just curious for a future trip. 

    • 1994 December 9, 2022 (5:51 pm)

      When I go shopping, visit the post office, library or bank ,I would say at least 30% wear a mask. Where are you from Elle and what is the vibe there regarding masking?

      • Elle December 9, 2022 (8:25 pm)

        Palm Beach, Florida. There are always a few people masked up when you go to the grocery store or the mall but not many.  Everything is open around here.  

    • Rhonda December 9, 2022 (7:15 pm)

      I just left a crowded Safeway in Admiral and there was a sprinkling of mask wearers. I’d estimate about 20 masked shoppers.

  • WSobserver December 9, 2022 (9:35 pm)


  • anonyme December 10, 2022 (6:02 am)

    I still wear a mask in all indoor environments, including the bus.  I’ve been seeing a lot of visibly ill people (coughing, sneezing, and snorting) without masks – including food service workers, which is kinda disgusting, if not risky.

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