The masks people use to protect themselves against COVID-19 are often "one-size-fits-all," and sometimes, it just doesn't stay on despite one's best interests. While the typical response is to draw it back up whenever it falls, a Colorado student claims her school took extra steps to ensure her mask stayed in place.
As CBS4 reports, a student in Academy School District 20 claims she was compelled to tape her mask to her face, with her mother stressing that it was because the mask kept falling off during class.
"Because of social media, we now have so many other voices in the mix that may not have been involved, and so now there's misinformation that's mingled in with actual facts," says the Chief Communications Officer for District 20, according to CBS4.
Most of the country is seeing a drop in cases of COVID-19, but Colorado continues to be in a surge. An expected plateau two weeks ago has been exceeded.
"The predictability of this virus is that it's completely unpredictable," said Dr. Michelle Barron, senior medical director of infection prevention at UCHealth Hospital. She believes the rates in many other states peaked earlier. "The states that had the worst vaccination rates also had the most acceleration in cases."
The number of patients in UCHealth's 12 hospitals have reached 305, the highest since last December.
"At some point, we sort of tipped over into the ones that were unvaccinated that are still testing positive, and there's probably some spillover from people that are unvaccinated interacting with people that were vaccinated eight, nine, ten months ago now."
"Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, their rates are going down," said Tri-County Health's executive director, Dr. John Douglas. "We're beginning to see our relative rank go up. We're closer to the top than we were, in part because we're probably detecting more of what's always been there than some of the other places were."
Colorado's test positivity rates, he stresses, tend to be a lot lower than many other states.
"They probably weren't detecting nearly as much of the total as we were. When test positivity goes up, it tells you there's either more transmission occurring or that there's probably insufficient testing happening. You know that whatever you're detecting is probably not the entire story." Data on outbreaks shows it happening at schools, and many assisted living facilities.
"They were the ones that got vaccinated early on – were more likely to have potential waning, and we also know there was not as high a vaccination rate in some of those staff as well."