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Optional mask use may not quickly impact Covid-19 instances, according to the OCTA.

If made mandatory, wearing face masks outside may not have an impact on the number of coronavirus illness (2019) infections, according to a report released on Thursday by the OCTA Research Group.

This comes after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on Wednesday suggested the optional use of face masks in open, well-ventilated outdoor areas that are not congested.

In a televised public briefing, Dr. Butch Ong, a fellow of the OCTA Research Group, said, “So, maaaring hindi ganoon kabahagya na maapektuhan ang ating mga numero over the next few weeks but of course, let’s look at our data” (So, our number may not be that affected over the next few weeks but of course, let’s look at our data)

According to Ong, the risk of Covid-19 transmission outside is decreased, but stronger preventive measures are required if the face mask law is to be relaxed.

“For instance, if you have a sickness or symptoms, stay indoors and, if you aren’t yet vaccinated, please do think about being vaccinated,” he said. “If you aren’t yet vaccinated, please do think about getting vaccinated.”

The optional use of a face mask is addressed in IATF-EID Resolution Number 1 series of 2022, according to the DOH. However, it is merely recommended and not yet a policy.

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