Evidence-based prevention strategies can reduce the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Consistent and correct use of masks can prevent SARS-CoV-2 transmission, which predominantly occurs through inhalation and other exposure to respiratory droplets from infected persons. Mask use is particularly important because presymptomatic and asymptomatic spread is responsible for nearly 60% of COVID-19 cases.1,2 Universal and proper masking results in substantial community benefits.2 To better leverage the prevention benefit of masks on community transmission, many states require that people wear a mask in public. As of March 1, 2021, 36 states and the District of Columbia had a mask mandate in effect.
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Corresponding Author: Gery P. Guy Jr, PhD, MPH, CDC COVID-19 Response Team, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Published Online: April 1, 2021. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.5455
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
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