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Michael Baker argues for greater mask use – NZ Herald 24 May 2024

Summarised by Centrist

As New Zealand braces for winter, data shows a rise in severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) hospitalisations in Auckland, prompting discussions on mask policies.

University of Otago epidemiologist Michael Baker emphasises the importance of mask-wearing to reduce transmission of illnesses like COVID and potentially devastating bird flu.

With the detection of avian influenza in Australia and concerns over another COVID-19 wave, experts urge preparedness and consistent use of effective masks, particularly in vulnerable settings such as hospitals and aged care facilities.

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