21-year-old COVID-19 survivor grateful for return of LA County travel mask mandate
21-year-old COVID-19 survivor grateful for return of LA County travel mask mandate

21-year-old COVID-19 survivor grateful for return of LA County travel mask mandate

To mask on, or to mask off?

That question remains at the top of many Angeleno’s minds after Los Angeles County reintroduced the travel mask requirement.

Now, airports, buses, trains and carpooling services across Los Angeles County all require mask-wearing, efficient Friday mornings. LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer explained that the agency’s decision is based on the CDC’s position that masks worn in public transportation will help curb the spread of COVID-19.

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While it goes without saying that mask mandates are not popular with travelers and commuters using public transportation across the country, FOX 11’s Phil Shuman spoke with a young man who is relieved to see the mask mandate return to Los Angeles County airports.

A 21-year-old who considers himself healthy, Russell Trueman has never chosen to have Vaccine against coronavirus.

But not only did he eventually get the virus, but the young man ended up in a hospital bed and fought for his life.

“It was really bad,” Trueman said. “They said I almost lost my life twice … it was a little weird to hear that.”

He’s not sure how or where he got COVID-19.

Although the cases have decreased compared to the previous pandemic peaks, there is still a risk with public transport vehicles and other enclosed spaces with a large crowd of people.

At the time of publication and Friday’s news broadcasts, Trueman said he is still in quarantine after barely surviving the virus.

“We need the mask,” Trueman said. “You have to stay indoors, quarantined – whatever you have to do to get rid of this.”

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