CDC recommends masking as cases in respiratory viruses climb in New York
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising people to wear masks again indoors in the New York City area and in the counties surrounding the city due to a a spike in respiratory viruses.
A recent COVID-19 spike, and the new recommendations have raised concerns among some business owners in the Hudson Valley.
The extra challenge is that the region is also seeing an uptick in flu and RSV cases.
COVID-19 rates started increasing two weeks ago around New York City.
Westchester and Rockland counties are both now in a category for which the CDC recommends masking to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
Health experts say getting up to date on vaccinations and getting back to social distancing would lessen the spread of all three viruses that are circulating.
Infectious disease expert Dr. Harish Moorjani says he's not a fan of blanket masking rules, but he's big on personal responsibility and basic discipline.
"Vaccination, distancing, masking on an individual level and personal protective measures, social distancing -- just good healthy living and common sense will protect you against all of these things," Moorjani says.