The Massachusetts Coalition for Health Equity has called for the reinstatement of universal mask mandates in hospitals and other healthcare facilities as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, particularly during the upcoming holiday season.
The coalition was established during the pandemic to protect individuals who are particularly susceptible to COVID-19, including those with underlying health conditions and the elderly. However, many health systems lifted their mask mandates in response to the easing of public health restrictions in May.
To emphasize their stance, the group held a virtual press conference on Monday to address the issue. During the conference, they urged healthcare facilities to reconsider their masking policies in light of the ongoing threat posed by COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.
The Massachusetts Coalition for Health Equity’s efforts have garnered attention from various media outlets, including Boston Business Journal, highlighting the significance of this initiative in protecting vulnerable populations during these challenging times.