'The virus is insidious': Medical College of Wisconsin encourages public to wear masks to combat COVID-19

Posted at 3:19 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 17:03:28-04

The Medical College of Wisconsin is encouraging the public to wear masks to combat the coronavirus.

“Scientific evidence shows that when all people wear masks in public, transmission of COVID-19 is reduced. The virus is insidious, it doesn’t respect geographic boundaries, and we need to do everything possible to prevent its spread throughout our state. I strongly urge each of us to wear a mask in public as a simple and effective act to protect yourself and others," said John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, President and CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin.

In Wisconsin, as of Friday, there were over 58,000 positive cases.

Gov. Tony Evers' mask order requiring face coverings to be worn whenever indoors went into effect on Aug. 1.

“This is a difficult time for all of us and our resilience continues to be challenged as the pandemic evolves," continued Dr. Raymond. "Small acts of kindness and empathy go a long way to help each other through this challenge.”

Coronavirus spreads through respiratory droplets produced when someone coughs, sneezes or talks.

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