Be a Hero: Wear a Mask
Wearing a mask is one of the most important steps we can take to reopen our country safely. It is not the only step – social distancing, frequent handwashing, and increasing diagnostic testing capacity are also critical – but it is an easy way to provide significant protection as the economy starts to ramp up. The health of one person affects the health of the entire community.
The initial guidance from public health authorities on the novel coronavirus did not emphasize mask use for the general public. ‘It’s a cultural thing’, we thought of widespread mask wearing in Asia. ‘It won’t make a difference’, we suggested, not knowing just how difficult this virus is to contain, given the high prevalence of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic spreaders. ‘We need to save masks for the healthcare workforce.’ Yes, but cloth masks are almost as effective at reducing community spread and don’t draw from the medical supply chain. Learn more…