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To Mask or Not To Mask

Angie SzumlinskiHealth

As more states introduce universal mask requirements, there are a lot of questions on the efficacy of masks and the inconvenience of masking. When the United States first identified the risk of pandemic last winter, national experts indicated that masks were not effective. Today, however, the experts support mask mandates as a means to control the spread of infection. The information is still new and is definitely confusing for everyone!

Bottom line, there is considerable evidence that universal masking mandates with cloth masks or face coverings can reduce the spread of COVID-19. Studies show that talking releases hundreds of droplets into the air and a mask creates a barrier to help prevent those droplets from infecting others. Also, we know that people can spread COVID-19 both before they have symptoms and by people who never have symptoms at all. These challenges make source control, or reducing the spread of potentially infected persons, even more important.

HealthCap supports all efforts in controlling the spread of COVID-19; comfortable or inconvenient, it doesn’t matter. Lives matter and if mask wearing even prevents one case of spread it is well worth the effort. Stay well, stay safe and stay tuned!

CDC calling on Americans to wear masks to prevent COVID-19 spread