During the pandemic, the Massachusetts Coalition for Health Equity was established to protect individuals who are particularly susceptible to COVID-19. As the holiday season approaches, the coalition is advocating for the reinstatement of universal mask mandates in hospitals and other healthcare facilities as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. The group believes that this is necessary to safeguard public health and prevent further outbreaks of the virus.
In response to the easing of public health restrictions in May, many health systems lifted their mask mandates. However, the coalition is urging these facilities to reconsider their masking policies in light of recent developments related to COVID-19. The group held a virtual press conference on Monday to address this issue and emphasize their stance on the matter.
The Massachusetts Coalition for Health Equity’s efforts have garnered attention from various media outlets, including the Boston Business Journal, which has highlighted the significance of this initiative. The coalition’s call for action has also been supported by leading medical organizations, such as the American Medical Association and World Health Organization, which have recommended that masks continue to be worn in healthcare settings as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.