“We’re All In This Together”

Local man Brady Bonham, 21, found this funny mask online recently. He wears it on his job this summer, where he deals with customers frequently. PHOTO BY MIKE WEST

“We’re All In This Together”

CDC Promotes Masks, Social Distancing

Let’s face it (pun intended) … seems as if almost everyone has an opinion about wearing a face mask now. Some even refuse to wear masks, and there is disagreement about mandating mask wearing.

Contrarily, recent national research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that nearly three-quarters of those surveyed said they wear cloth face coverings or masks all or nearly all the time when in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Ironically, even the CDC was not very forthcoming about recommending mask wearing early in this pandemic. As far back as February, masks were not mentioned in an early CDC list of ways to protect us and others from the highly contagious coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Then, as the pandemic evolved, in mid-June, “cloth face coverings” were included in a short list of “best ways to prevent illness” (mitigation) while avoiding exposure to the virus. Masks were mentioned last in a list of ways to slow the virus spread.







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