To Mask Or Not To Mask? Illinois Re-Examing Guidance For Public

WBBM Newsradio Staff
April 01, 2020 - 4:29 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker says the best way to stem the spread of COVID-19 is for people to self-isolate, but he adds his administration is also weighing a new stance about the type of masks front-line healthcare workers are wearing and whether they would be good for everyone. 

National health experts have said the general public doesn’t need to worry about wearing a medical mask, that they are best reserved for and used by professionals who are surrounded by infected people.

But more and more, others are questioning: Why not everybody else? Some people, after all, can carry the virus and not show symptoms and be expelling the microbe into the air.

“Is it more effective to wear a mask? Sure, (it’s) more effective than not wearing a mask. But it does not replace staying at home. Staying at home is the best mitigation strategy,” Pritzker said Wednesday at his daily COVID-19 briefing. 

Pritzker said his administration will continue to study the issue, based on expertise at the federal and state levels. He noted that besides wearing masks, there are a host of additional things people should consider to help blunt the spread of coronavirus, such as regularly wiping down their own homes with disinfectant. 

“I would not discourage people from wearing masks,” the governor said. “There is some evidence to show it can be effective. Are we thinking about changing policy? Again, we’re evaluating these things every day.”