UT Health San Antonio launched a public education initiative highlighting the science behind face masks as protection against COVID-19.

The 30-day awareness campaign dubbed ‘We Can Stop The Spread,’ launched in response to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases

“There is no fear-mongering here, this is science,” said Cindy Sickora, vice dean of practice at UT Health San Antonio’s School of Nursing.

Dr. Ruth Berggren, infectious diseases specialist and internal medicine physician at UT Health San Antonio, said that, with the continued increase in people testing positive for COVID-19, “we are almost about to overwhelm the hospital system,” noting that during a recent shift at University Hospital, 12 patients were admitted to the intensive care unit overnight.

Amelie Ramirez, director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio, said that the most important thing for people to understand is that wearing masks is going to be the “new normal” for a while.

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