Wearing Mask & Personal Responsibility

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Day 119: Stay Safe Minnesota

To-day US reached another milestone with more than 4 million recorded covid-19 cases.

In yesterday’s note post, I referred findings of a recent study which concluded that wearing mask, washinghands and social distancing reduce spread of coronavirus spread.

The CNN’s Health Gisela Crespo reports that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC) director Dr. Robert Redfieldtold to CNN that ‘wearing masks is one of the most powerful tools to combat the spread of Covid-19, and that Americans should embrace their “personal responsibility” by wearing one’.

We’re not defenseless. We have powerful tools. Probably the most powerful tool that we have is a simple face mask. If all Americans would embrace that as part of their personal responsibility to confront this outbreak, we could actually have a very significant impact on the outbreak that we’re seeing across the country in the next four, six, eight, 10, 12 weeks.

Dr. Robert Redfieldtold on Good Morning America (source: CNN)

Dr Redfieldtold encouraged people to embrace mask wearing and let people know that ‘they could be part of making this get better before it gets worse by wearing a face covering. And that’s what I’m going to continue to do. I think we have clear data now that face masks work and we really know — the key is now how to get everybody to embrace them.’

Four Million Cases in US

To-day, officially recorded Covid-19 cases in the US surpassed 4 million and a quarter of that count came in just the last 15 days. Yesterday (Jul 22 Wednesday) alone, there were 71,695 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the US according to Johns Hopkins database and there were 1,195 new deaths.

Coronavirus Pandemic Watch

According to the MDH latest tally (as of July 23, 11 a.m.) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 48,721 (out of 905,315 tested) with 1,561 deaths. According to Johns Hopkins database (as of July 23, 4:35 p.m.) there are 4,026,288 confirmed covid19 infection with 144,032 deaths. Globally the covid19 virus has infected 15,356,780 with 626,357 deaths.