People throughout Western Pennsylvania are embracing Pitt-Johnstown's “Mountain Cats Care” campaign, encouraging mask wearing. More than 7,000 people viewed the “I Mask Up For” video showcasing UPJ students and President Jem Spectar masking up for America. The video was so popular it reached more than 12,000 Spotify users. Clubs, sports teams, and colleges around the region launched their own “I Mask Up For” efforts. Even Johnstown Symphony Orchestra’s Maestro James Blachly (photo below) joined the cause to mask up.
Americans are increasingly adopting the use of cloth face masks to slow the spread of COVID-19, and the latest science may convince even more to do so. In an editorial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), CDC reviewed the latest science and affirms that cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 that could reduce the spread of the disease, particularly when used universally within communities. There is increasing evidence that cloth face coverings help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.
“We are not defenseless against COVID-19,” said CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield. “Cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus – particularly when used universally within a community setting. All Americans have a responsibility to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.”