Intermountain Healthcare joined the Utah Hospital Association and the other healthcare systems in Utah in a collaborative effort to encourage the use of face masks in public and work settings throughout the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The initiative, #MaskUpUtah, kicked off Tuesday, June 23, and will continue throughout the summer months in an effort to help reduce community transmission of the virus.

Clinical leaders for Intermountain Healthcare, MountainStar Healthcare, Steward Healthcare, and University of Utah Health are concerned about the rising number of COVID-19 cases occurring throughout Utah. They have come together with one voice to remind Utahns that wearing a mask can make a significant difference in helping to reduce transmission of the virus.

While accurate information about COVID-19 continues to be clinically reviewed and verified, there are several facts clinicians agree on:

  • Many people who are actively spreading COVID-19 may have very mild or no symptoms. Because they feel well, they continue to engage with their communities and family and do not realize that they need to self-isolate. Wearing a mask while at work and in public settings will help curb community spread from individuals with minimal or no symptoms.
  • A lot of misinformation has been spreading recently about facial masking. But clinicians agree that face coverings, when worn appropriately, block most infectious droplets originating from the individual wearing the face covering, thus blocking transmission into the community. To what level a face covering protects the individual from infectious droplets depends on the type of face covering the material is made from (e.g., surgical mask, cloth face covering). N95 masks used in medical and industrial settings provide the highest level of protection and are reserved for the healthcare setting.
  • Frequently washing hands, keeping a distance of six feet from others, and wearing a mask are basic hygiene steps that should continue to be done to stop the spread of COVID-19. While not trendy, these steps continue to be effective.

“As healthcare leaders, we earnestly request the public’s help in curbing the significant increase in COVID cases in Utah,” said Greg Bell, president and CEO of the Utah Hospital Association. “Masking up is an important way everyone can help. Think of someone you love or care for; wear a mask for them. If we all wear our mask regularly when out in public or at work, we can bend the curve, protect our vulnerable loved ones, and keep Utah’s healthcare resources readily available for all.”

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