CDC Mask Update

November 16, 2020

Last week, the CDS issued a scientific brief on mask usage.  Per the CDC, not only are masks helpful in reducing community spread of COVID-19, but mask usage can reduce the wearer’s exposure to viral droplets.  Thus, mask usage reduces community spread in two ways, by blocking exhalation of the virus and also by providing personal protection to the mask wearer.  The CDC concluded that while additional research is needed, “adopting universal masking policies can help avert future lockdowns, especially if combined with other non-pharmaceutical interventions such as social distancing, hand hygiene, and adequate ventilation.”

In Texas, masks are mandatory “when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household.”  There are several exemptions to the mask mandate including while eating or if the person has a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering.

Be safe and stay the course. And of course, let us know if we can help.

Thanks, Jack, Elizabeth and Jim