We’ve gathered the most helpful and relevant information to help you navigate through the coronavirus pandemic.
This page contains resources from expert sources about public health guidelines, the latest vaccine information and ways to curb the spread of COVID-19. This resource list is updated weekly to ensure the newest information is here to help guide you through the pandemic.
New Mask Requirements Begin August 12
In response to an increase in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Philadelphia, the City announced new policies designed to slow the spread of the dangerous Delta variant.
Beginning on August 12, masks must be worn indoors in Philadelphia businesses and institutions that do not require vaccination for employees and patrons. Masks will also be required at outdoor, unseated gatherings of more than 1,000 people.
Indoor dining will be allowed to continue in the following cases:
- In restaurants that require proof of vaccination
- In restaurants that do not require proof of vaccination, provided that masks are worn by patrons and staff the entire time while not seated and eating or drinking
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Q&A: Vaccines & Variants
The CDC recommends that some vaccinated people wear masks indoors. In this informative article, Philadelphia-area doctors answer your questions about how to stay safe as the delta variant of the virus spreads and what to make of new mask guidelines.Read the Latest Guidance
How does COVID spread?
While the full extent of COVID spread remains unknown, the virus largely spreads from person to person when people are less than six feet apart. Infection happens when respiratory droplets travel through the airstream from an infected person to a non-infected person. Sneezing, coughing, singing, breathing and talking all result in the production of respiratory droplets. The ease at which COVID spreads from person to person underscores the importance of mask-wearing when you are near someone outside of your household. Masks stop respiratory droplets from reaching those around you.
While less common, the droplets can remain in the air for minutes or hours after the infected person initially spoke, sneezed, coughed or breathed and can travel beyond the six-foot space — this is known an airborne transmission and happens most commonly when there is poor ventilation in an indoor space.
Even less common is surface transmission. Overall, this virus does (thankfully) not live on surfaces. If you touch a contaminated surface and immediately touch your eye or mouth, there is a chance that you will get infected, but the risk is low. The small potential for surface spread underscores the importance of using hand sanitizer and washing your hands.