San Luis Obispo County recommends indoor mask use

August 19, 2021

By CCN STAFF

The San Luis Obispo County Health Department is again urging all residents, vaccinated and unvaccinated, to wear mask when indoors in public places. The recommendation is in response to a significant increase in the highly contagious Delta variant.

“The Delta variant is sweeping quickly through our community and we need every tool we have to stop it,” said Dr. Penny Borenstein, SLO County health officer. “While vaccines remain our best tool against COVID-19, masking in indoor and crowded outdoor settings will help us curb the spread of this latest wave of infection.”

The county is asking residents to wear masks in settings like grocery or retail stores, restaurants and bars, fitness centers, theaters, and family entertainment centers. The county is also urging businesses to adopt universal masking for customers in indoor areas of their businesses.


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sardonicsentiment

Are we really that afraid of getting sick? This virus is not the death sentence we feared, why are we acting like it still is?


MrYan

Just ask the lady waiting for ICU bed number -24 in Alabama . She only has to wait for a couple dozens neighbors die before she gets a bed. Or the dude shot in Houston 6 times who has been waiting to have surgery for 2 weeks.


Nothing to worry about.


slo-to-load

I’m guessing you live in a cave, because the families and friends of the 4.39 million people that have died of COVID worldwide would say otherwise.


Adam Trask

Um, yes, I am afraid of getting sick. I don’t want your nasty germs invading my body and causing sore throat, cough, headache, nausea, shortness of breath, muscle fatigue, etc.


Damn right I’m afraid of getting sick. What planet are you from?


Zoiebowie

Maybe I’m dumb but I just can’t seem to see the correlation between wearing masks, getting the vaccine and the rise in cases. If only there was some science to convince me.


Francesca Bolognini

The rise in cases is taking place in those who do not mask, get vaccinated, social distance. Pretty simple, actually. As long as that behavior continues, then so will the virus.


A little side note: Remember how this last winter there was little or no flu? That was because the flu is harder to spread than Covid. So the measures in place to discourage Covid was more than adequate to contain flu. The problem now is that the Delta variant is more contagious than than the original Covid, more severe and capable of defeating the vaccine in some cases. So, one can be vaccinated, even sometimes asymptomatic and still possibly carry the virus to others. The good news is being vaccinated effectively helps to prevent serious illness, so is still a really good idea.


On the other hand, vaccines are not yet approved for children, who are more severely affected and occasionally die from the Delta variant. There also remain people whose immune systems are affected by cancer treatments and other medical complications who are at great risk of severe to possibly deadly infection who would not be sufficiently protected by a vaccine.. These people, young and old, are at the mercy of our personal behavior.


IMHO, we all have a moral obligation to protect our population and ourselves from a preventable infection with possibly deadly or lifetime consequences. Most especially those children and more vulnerable individuals. I would never feel that it was my “right” to trade their safety for my convenience, social pleasure or “the economy”. Not ever.


Messkit

The Flu is not “harder to spread”! Humans have developed anti-bodies for it naturally, and the natural dilution of it’s severity is much much lower than before! However, people still die of it, every year. Last winter though, we were all still pretty much stuck at home, and not filling schools and offices to help spread the seasonal Flu virus.


Covid is new enough, that we have just begun building resistance to it. Like the “Spanish” Flu of 1919-20, which is still here, and is one of the “normal” Flu’s we all get every year. Unlike the “Spanish” Flu, when viral infection research was still new and dependable vaccines were still in the future, the Covid-19 vaccine will help establish normal, natural, anti-body development more quickly over time, and Covid will soon be just another virus that swings around every Fall and Winter.


Francesca Bolognini

I get that you are opposed to my politics and so need to vote me down and attempt to argue points for the sheer joy of it. But not sure how I am supposed to interpret the above comment where you start out contradicting me and then the remaining balance of the post is proving my point in detail.


Thanks, by the way.


mazin

Thanks to the unvaccinated and mask defiant.


Messkit

Blacks and Hispanics, as a group, have the highest numbers of UN-vaccinated people.


Thanks.


slo-to-load

Wrong. If you are talking about highest numbers, white adults account for the largest number of unvaccinated adults at more than half of the total unvaccinated count. But sure if you want to talk demographic statistics, a recent poll found 86% of Democrats have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot and only 45% of Republicans have.


So, thanks right back at ya.


Messkit

Well, silly ‘ol me is just using the CDC numbers (you know, that “science” you guys always tout), rather than a poll that may or may not mean what it says, according to the results they get.

https://usafacts.org/visualizations/covid-vaccine-tracker-states/


slo-to-load

Sure, I’m happy to use your own data to prove how stupid you are.


You said “highest numbers of UN-vaccinated people“, not “highest percentage“, which any third grader can tell you are completely different.


From the data that you linked to:

11,409,889 (28.11%) Black people got one vaccine dose so

29,180,253 (71.89%) Black people are unvaccinated


19,707,964 (32.58%) Hispanic/Latino people got at least one dose

40,783,024 (67.42%) Hispanic/Latino people are unvaccinated


67,525,378 (34.31%) White people got one vaccine dose so

129,284,234 (65.69%) White people are unvaccinated


To put it in more practical terms, an unvaccinated person is 3.1 times more likely to be White than Hispanic/Latino, and 4.4 times more likely to be White than Black.


This is all basic math that a third grader could do. So tell us, Moronkit, which is the highest number of unvaccinated people? 29,180,253 40,783,024 or 129,284,234?


The next time you try to make a pathetic attempt at being racist, at least get the math right!


Jon Tatro

Since when is 65% unvaccinated a higher number than 71% unvaccinated . You got to love when liberals try using math as proof to their argument. Back to the 3rd grade for you slo load.


fredpacker

It is when they are percentages of different sized groups, dummy. Tatro, you have once again proven you know nothing. I’m amazed they let you be a cop if you can’t figure out the difference between an absolute number and a relative percentage. No wonder you didn’t like writing tickets, you were probably too stupid to know how to fill them out properly.


Also of course a proud boy Q supporter like you would try to make vaccine stats a “liberal” issue.


Jon Tatro

Easy mudpacker, don’t let your hate for people of color to cloud your math.


slo-to-load

I’m sorry you don’t know the difference between percentages and numbers, “Jon”. It must be quite difficult for you to get through life. But since you want a percentage, here is one based on those numbers that you might understand. There are 84% more unvaccinated White people than Black/Hispanic people combined. Understand how it is a higher number now?