August 8, 2020

Grant County Herald

Community news from the prairie to the lakes

State physicians call for mandatory masks

BY DAN HAUSER

Minnesota Medical Association

The Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) and 20 other state medical societies urge public and private leaders across the state to require the wearing of face masks or face coverings to help control the spread of COVID-19.

“Minnesota is seeing improvements in COVID-19 cases, but the threat of this virus is not over,” said Keith Stelter, MD, president of the Minnesota Medical Association, which represents more than 10,000 physicians and physicians-in-training. “The medical benefits of wearing a mask are clear – a mask helps reduce virus transmission, particularly by individuals who are sick, but have no symptoms and by individuals who have been infected, but do not yet show any symptoms. Masks are also safe to wear.”

Like staying home when you are sick, covering your cough, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands, wearing a mask is an important part of the COVID-19 prevention toolbox that should be broadly adopted.

“Statewide use of masks now in all indoor settings and on public transportation can help Minnesota avoid the resurgence of cases that is happening in many other states and avoid a backwards turn of the dial,” said Stelter.

The MMA and other state medical society organizations call on state, local, and business leaders to help all Minnesotans do the right thing to practice good health and support our communities – no shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service.

Minnesota is fortunate our state is not one of the states experiencing a huge resurgence of the pandemic. This is partially, I think, because we took the warnings seriously, closed down, wore masks, and respected social distancing. Now is not the time to let up!

About the Minnesota Medical Association

The Minnesota Medical Association is a non-profit professional association representing physicians, residents, and medical students. With more than 10,000 members, the MMA is dedicated to being the leading voice of medicine to make Minnesota the healthiest state and the best place to practice.