New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton have issued a statement warning that people who wear masks to protect themselves from the flu are in danger of spreading the virus to others.
“There are people who are putting masks on to protect their health, and people who aren’t,” de Blasio said at a press conference, according to Bloomberg.
“This is not going to be good for the city, and we’re going to have to figure out a way to do that in a way that doesn’t spread this virus.”
He also said that the city’s public health workers should “not be hiding behind masks” in public, and said the city will have more masks to go around to prevent the spread of the virus.
de Blasio, Bratton and NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Andrew Kolodny have all expressed concern over the flu pandemic, which has killed thousands of people in the US, and the increased number of “zennies” wearing masks and other protective gear.
In New York, people have been forced to wear masks in parks, sidewalks and workplaces as a way of keeping the flu from spreading.
But some have been wearing them as a personal protective equipment (PPE) item, a protective mask that is often worn in public.
De Blasio, who has also said the NYPD will use “a different approach” than its predecessors in its response to the pandemic to prevent people from wearing masks, called the new masks “a serious mistake.”
“These masks are going to put the public at risk,” he said.
“They are going in a very dangerous direction.”
The city has already announced it will have at least 30,000 additional masks to wear to keep the city safe.
Last month, the city added more than 1,300 additional masks in an effort to prevent further spread of any new influenza strain.
The city’s emergency response teams will also be sending more masks into the streets to help control the spread.
In the city of Atlanta, police officers are wearing masks to prevent infections.
The NYPD will deploy 10,000 masks in the city.
Dey and Bratton also said they want the NYPD to be able to “provide more training” for public health officials and other city officials about how to use masks to stop the spread, as well as the city government’s ability to “reimburse those expenses that have been incurred” by masks.
“It’s just really critical that we have those tools, and it’s going to take a lot of time to get them out,” dey said.
In Washington DC, the US Congress has set aside $150 million for a public health emergency fund, which will be used to pay for additional masks and equipment to help the public stay healthy.
Officials are also asking the city and federal government to provide $250,000 for a “zillion dollar emergency fund” to pay people for the extra masks.
The CDC has been warning that the number of Americans who are sick with the flu is on the rise and has warned that people can die from the pandemics coronavirus and other flu-related illnesses, including the flu.
The agency says it is prepared to assist with testing, vaccine production and supply of medical supplies to people affected by the pandemaker.
The federal government has also put out alerts that say people who have had any symptoms of flu, including a fever, cough, or sore throat should not work or travel to areas where the pandems coronaviruses have been reported.