The Case For A National Universal Masking Mandate

” The politicization of wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has directly contributed to our failure to control the spread of COVID-19. Medical and public health experts have been united on the importance of public masking since it became clear that the virus could spread before someone was visibly sick. And the data are clear: universal masking is effective at curbing the spread of COVID-19. A Health Affairs article that explored the patchwork state approach to universal masking as a natural experiment showed slower growth rates in states that had passed face mask mandates compared to those that did not. Universal masking policies were estimated to have prevented 230,000-450,000 COVID-19 cases by late May. ”


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About Shikha Jain, MD FACP

I am a practicing, board-certified hematology/oncology physician in Chicago. I speak on topics ranging from the impact of social media on healthcare, how physicians can utilize social media, how to write Op-eds in the medical world, gender equity and barriers to career advancement, and topics in GI oncology and immunotherapy. My goal is to explain complicated topics in simple terms. I also enjoy writing and you can find some of my writing on this site. I am a mother to three amazing kids and married to a gastroenterologist. I look forward to connecting with you.

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