PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) – Dr James McDonald of the RI Department of Health has advised everyone to spend more time outdoors as the weather warms.
On Wednesday, the outdoor mask mandate for all Rhode Islanders was dropped, regardless of their vaccination status.
“The ventilation to the outdoors is frankly so good that there really isn’t much risk of disease transmission,” McDonald said. “Going out is very safe. “
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When outside in a crowded place, McDonald’s and other health officials recommend that people continue to wear masks.
McDonald added that as people spend more time outdoors, one must remain vigilant about diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks.
“The ticks are here,” he said. “If you’ve got grass, you’ve got a garden, you’ve got ticks.”
With the removal of masks, some worry about an increase in other diseases.
“I think we learned a lot of really good public health prevention, by the way, during the pandemic,” McDonald said.
He suggested that people continue to wash their hands and not go to work or school when they feel sick.
On Tuesday, the Chinese government announced what may be the world’s first human case of the H10N3 strain of bird flu.
“I’m not worried about it,” McDonald said. “I’m not worried that there is another global pandemic about this and I don’t want anyone else to worry about it.”
The next time 12 News at 4 is joined by McDonald’s is July 1.