My dad was rushed to the hospital a few days ago with COVID-19. One thing is for sure: My dad catching COVID has really made me scale back my travels. My dad’s been living in Connecticut for the last few months so he’s not in a hotspot like he was when he lived in Florida and he’s been extremely careful the last couple of weeks. So, him catching it just goes to show how transmissible the Delta variant is.
The federal mask mandate pertaining to public transportation is set to end on September 13th and I know no one likes wearing masks on planes, but I’ll bet you anything it’s going to be extended. In fact, I think the FAA and airlines might even double down like they’re doing in Europe where they’re going to ban cloth masks, if they haven’t already.
Lufthansa was the first and I wrote about them banning cloth masks back in January, when news leaked that starting February 1, “all passengers and crew members must wear a medical mask. New regulation applies to all Lufthansa Group airlines on flights to and from Germany.”
Now Finnair just tweeted: “Starting 16 August, we will no longer accept fabric masks on our flights. We accept surgical masks, FFP2 or FFP3 respirator masks without a valve or other valve free masks with the same standard (N95). Please remember you need to wear a mask throughout the entire journey.”
Starting 16 August, we will no longer accept fabric masks on our flights. We accept surgical masks, FFP2 or FFP3 respirator masks without a valve or other valve free masks with the same standard (N95). Please remember you need to wear a mask throughout the entire journey. pic.twitter.com/Am4SxtT1G3
— Finnair (@Finnair) August 13, 2021
I’m really surprised this didn’t happen sooner because as most people know, cloth masks really just protect the people around you while the heavy duty medical masks like N95 and KN95 protect both the person wearing it and those around them.
It’s time to upgrade your cloth mask to keep you safer and you better get them before there’s shortage again. In fact, you may find that it’s already getting harder to find N95 and KN95 masks. Here’s where to buy them:
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