HHS-Authorized Report Suggests Renewed Mask Mandates to Combat ‘Long COVID’

According to a recent assessment commissioned by the Department of Health and Human Services, masks and social distancing should be required or encouraged in public to protect people from potential “long COVID” infections. The study from Coforma was based partly on interviews with more than 60 people, including patients with persistent COVID-19 symptoms, their loved ones, and medical professionals.

According to the New York Post, suggestions included implementing laws that would allegedly shield “everyone from long COVID,” including reintroducing a mask requirement. The document claims that removing mask regulations more than two years into the pandemic has made it difficult for those with long COVID.

The report stated, “The lifting of mask mandates and indifferent attitude towards masking and social distancing typical in many public and private places further isolates people with long COVID.” It continued, “Many people with long COVID avoid public spaces and events due to a fear of reinfection and the potential worsening of their long COVID symptoms and health impacts. Some may experience PTSD symptoms as a result of trauma they incurred during their acute infection.” However, an HHS representative explained that the report did not amount to a request to reinstate mask mandates.

Additionally, President Biden said that the “pandemic is over” in a September “60 Minutes” interview. Still, last week, his administration urged Congress for an additional $10 billion to fight COVID, including $750 million specifically for long COVID.

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