We have been monitoring respiratory virus activity (such as flu, COVID-19, RSV, and others) since the beginning of fall. You will see some changes at Mass General Brigham based on the respiratory virus level in the community:
- Mild/moderate levels of respiratory virus activity in the community
- High levels of respiratory virus activity in the community
See below for a more detailed explanation about what data is used to determine mild/moderate and high virus activity levels.
As of January 2, 2024, we are in the high level.
At the high level, you will see the following (in addition to all mild/moderate level interventions):
- Your care team and other staff will wear a facility-issued face mask during direct interactions with patients in patient rooms and other clinical care areas where direct care is provided.
- Patients and visitors will be strongly encouraged to wear a facility-issued face mask during direct interactions with staff in patient rooms and clinical care areas where direct care is provided. Patients and visitors do not have to mask if they prefer not to.
- Masking is not required in lobbies and other common areas.
When we are back in the mild/moderate level later this winter or spring, we will no longer use targeted masking. You will continue to see:
- Reminders to:
- Get vaccinated.
- Practice respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette. This means covering your mouth when you cough/sneeze and washing hands afterwards.
- Tell your care team if you are not feeling well before appointments.
- Testing of patients with symptoms of respiratory viruses.
Regardless of the season or level of respiratory virus illness, patients should wear a mask if they: