Madness! - Funeral home director, Medical Association say Jamaica should not abolish mask mandate like Britain

January 21, 2022

A major player in the funeral business, Calvin Lyn, has described as "pure madness", the announcement by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson that Britons will no longer be required to wear masks as of Wednesday.

Clinicians have recommended the wearing of masks as a key aspect of the COVID-19 fight. The World Health Organization said that depending on the type, masks can be used for either protection of healthy persons or to prevent onward transmission, or both.

Speaking in the British parliament this week, Johnson said its data showed that infection levels were falling in England.

Contacted for comment on the matter, some key stakeholders said Jamaica ditching the masks or putting an end to self-isolation would be ill-advised.

"I am not in agreement with Mr Johnson. It's pure madness. I have been wearing my mask since early 2020 and I will not be stopping any time now because even if the protection is minimal with the mask, it is a form of protection against the virus. I believe the mask can offer resistance against this virus," Lyn, president of the Jamaica Association of Certified Embalmers, told THE WEEKEND STAR.

He continued: "Wear yuh mask! Continue to wear them because we are wearing it now and look at the situation with the cases. Imagine if they weren't being worn. So all sound minded people who nuh wah dead, unno wear unno masks." Similarly, Dr Brian James, head of the Medical Association of Jamaica, said that enough Jamaicans are not vaccinated against COVID-19, and thus dispensing with the need to wear of masks could spell trouble.

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