Skepticism of Sweden’s Covid face mask decreases as infection rates rise

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Authorities in Stockholm and several other regions in Sweden are abandoning their previous skepticism and advising people to rely more on face masks as the country prepares for a third wave of coronavirus infections.

The development marks a reversal of Sweden’s earlier doubts about facial coatings and coincides with an increase in transmission rates. On Tuesday, Stockholm authorities recommended wearing masks on public transport, not just during rush hour, but at all times. They also want coatings for use in stores and offices.

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Sources: Swedish Public Health Agency, Stockholm Region