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Grateful to return to normalcy, small businesses are hopeful — and still keeping masks on

Original post made on Jun 16, 2021

While the state on Tuesday lifted capacity limits, physical distancing rules and mask restrictions for vaccinated individuals, the rules on the ground didn't look a whole lot different.

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 16, 2021 at 9:58 am

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Mask confusion reigns. Aside from that though, it would be wonderful to think we are back to normal which obviously we are not. People are still working remotely, traffic although increasing is far from prepandemic norms and we have lost so many businesses as well as things like our shuttle that the different normal has not become apparent.

For these reasons, any decisions made on important issues such as housing, office space, business tax, etc. should be delayed at least a year in my opinion until we have some idea what the different normal will be in the years ahead.

Posted by Jim Jeffries
a resident of Southgate
on Jun 17, 2021 at 9:25 am

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Posted by PA Community Advocate
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2021 at 7:55 pm

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Vaccines and being in good shape are the solution. Masks were just a stop gap [portion removed.]

Posted by The Voice of Palo Alto
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 26, 2021 at 1:08 pm

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“Masks were just a stop gap and unfortunately didn’t prove to be that effective.”

A recent study published in Health Affairs, for example, compared the COVID-19 growth rate before and after mask mandates in 15 states and the District of Columbia. It found that mask mandates led to a slowdown in daily COVID-19 growth rate, which became more apparent over time. The first five days after a mandate, the daily growth rate slowed by 0.9 percentage-points compared to the five days prior to the mandate; at three weeks, the daily growth rate had slowed by 2 percentage-points.

Another study looked at coronavirus deaths across 198 countries and found that those with cultural norms or government policies favoring mask-wearing had lower death rates.

Two compelling case reports also suggest that masks can prevent transmission in high-risk scenarios, said Chin-Hong and Rutherford. In one case, a man flew from China to Toronto and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. He had a dry cough and wore a mask on the flight, and all 25 people closest to him on the flight tested negative for COVID-19. In another case, in late May, two hair stylists in Missouri had close contact with 140 clients while sick with COVID-19. Everyone wore a mask and none of the clients tested positive.

Masks work. It’s also masking and social distancing used in combination together! I wonder who politicized them? Gee.. let me guess…

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Posted by Gerry Philbin
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2021 at 1:15 pm

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Posted by John B. Sails
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 27, 2021 at 9:28 am

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I believed the science (CDC, WHO, CA GOV, SCC HO) when they said science shows I should wear a mask, and guess what?, when the same science and authorities said the fully vaccinated no longer have to wear a mask, I STILL believed in science. Those that believed the science before, but not now, and still wear a mask confuse me. Maybe they just like wearing a mask?

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Posted by Larry Costa
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jun 27, 2021 at 9:39 am

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Posted by The Voice of Palo Alto
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 27, 2021 at 11:18 am

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No. Those who still wore masks likely took an extra precaution and don’t need to be judged. They were actually very smart to do so. About 100 epidemiologists interviewed by the New York Times almost universally agreed we would be in masks until the end of 2021. They are now reporting the Delta Variant spreads within 5 to 10 seconds of contact. The WHO just announced for everyone to mask up again due to variant spread while the CDC came out and said “those fully vaccinated can still get sick from the variants.” The CDC likely unmasked everyone way too soon for economic purposes of course, and now can not go back on it.

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“Follow The Science.” Classic.

Posted by John B. Sails
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 27, 2021 at 12:09 pm

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