Studies Support Prevention Value Of Cloth Face Coverings, MHA Promotes “Mask Up Missouri”

Staff Contact: Terrie Bauer or Dave Dillon

Two new case studies affirm that cloth face coverings “are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 that could reduce the spread of the disease, particularly when used universally within communities,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said yesterday. One study, reported in The Journal of the American Medical Association, found that adherence to universal masking policies for health care workers and patients reduced SARS-CoV-2 transmission within a Boston hospital system. Another study, released by the CDC, found that wearing a mask prevented the spread of infection from two hair stylists to their customers in Missouri. According to a CDC survey released yesterday, the share of Americans who reported wearing a cloth face covering when outside their home rose from 62% in April to 76% in May.

“Cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus – particularly when used universally within a community setting,” said CDC Director Robert Redfield, M.D.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and maintain the progress in reopening, a coalition of stakeholders are promoting “Mask Up Missouri” to educate Missourians on the benefits of mask wearing. The group released a printable poster that individuals, organizations and businesses can use to promote the wearing of masks in public.

The American Hospital Association, American Medical Association and American Nurses Association also have urged the public to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a face mask, maintaining physical distancing and washing hands.