Facemasks in Schools

The Wyoming Department of Health recently released updated guidance for public health professionals conducting investigations in K-12 schools. State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist says the data shows that facemasks in schools are working and they are required only when six feet of distancing cannot be maintained

Dr. Harrist

Dr. Harrist said the new guidance allows for students to stay in school even if they were in close contact with a COVID-19 positive case as long as everyone involved was consistently wearing a face mask. If either the COVID-19 positive or the close contact were not wearing their mask, they will be asked to quarantine for 14 days.

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  1. The societal impact of Covid19 will in large part forever change “the the way we do things” with regard to public health awareness and hygiene. The contentious issue of facemasks is both a political divider and a social awakening…politically divisionary but at the same time, the use of facemasks will have positive effects by potentially lowering the number of individual viral infections thereby saving the lives of loved ones and friends and in addition potentially saving the health care industry billions and billions of dollars over time….The fiscal preservation of our health care industry which is crucial for all Americans will benefit directly…facemasks are a potential cost-saving investment for our entire economy…The use of facemasks by the general public to whatever extent will help lower personal risk for illness, help control the spread of airborne diseases not only limited to COVID19 but also the flu, common cold, mumps, measles, whooping cough, and even tuberculosis…anything that is potentially airborne and contagious…The use of a facemask by any individual is always appreciated but even if you do not wear a facemask for your own reason there are other ways to mitigate risks to yourself, your family and others around you. If or when to wear a facemask (during viral outbreaks) is simply a matter of common sense. We are all creatures of habit…habits are often difficult to change especially with regard to the magnitude of “societal changes” and keep in mind there will always be a certain percentage of soreheads along the way….(lol)

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