With the expiration of statewide pandemic health orders, many businesses from the Crew to the Columbus Zoo no longer require masks, at least for people who are fully vaccinated. But doctors say there are people who should still be wearing face masks. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.
Dr. Patty Manning-Courtney with Cincinnati Childrens Hospital says there are children there right now who are quite sick with COVID. And since kids 11 and under cannot be vaccinated, she says they should still wear masks, just as before.
“When they are out in crowds, out in public, out in stores, out at events, they should be masked and we are of the belief that parents and family members should mask along with them. It’s just the only way to protect that population.”
She and other doctors say kids, unvaccinated people, those who are older or have poor immune systems are still in danger of catching COVID and note there are new highly-contagious variants out there. More than 5.3 million Ohioans have received at least partial vaccines at this point.