UT Health San Antonio launched a public education initiative to highlight the science behind face masks as being integral to protecting people from contracting the coronavirus.

Multiple studies have proven the effectiveness of wearing masks to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“This is not fear-mongering,” said Dr. Ruth Berggren, an infectious diseases specialist and internal medicine physician at UT Health San Antonio. “If we want to continue to not have a lockdown, masks and physical distancing are all we have.”

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