Is Mask Mandate Slowing the Spread?  That is what the High Point Enterprise asked local educators and health professionals on Thursday, July 12, 2020 as North Carolina sees a surge in coronavirus cases. Dr. Sharon Morrison, Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Education, had this to say:

“Any downturn in cases will depend in part on the compliance with the mask requirement, said Sharon Morrison, professor in the Department of Public Health Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

In other parts of the country and world that have implemented mask requirements, differences have been noted as early as three weeks, she said. But masks alone won’t serve as a cure-all to reverse the pace of new cases, Morrison told The Enterprise.

“It’s high compliance, plus social distancing and hand-washing. And the quarantining of oneself if you are testing positive. It’s a combination,” Morrison said.”

Wearing a mask, social distancing, hand-washing, and quarantining, if you are not well, are important steps in flattening the curve of COVID-19.