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Masks likely to be encouraged the rest of the year

Genesis Health System Infection Prevention Coordinator Lisa Caffery discussed the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday, July 15th.

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Masks have been a hot topic of late, especially as the weather's warmed up.

Do you really need to wear one when it's hot outside?

Health experts from UnityPoint Health say it's not necessary to wear one when you're outside and able to physically distance yourself from others, but in crowded outdoor spaces, you need one. 

As for being uncomfortable, experts say to take regular breaks from wearing your mask. You can find a place to sit down, away from others.

Do health experts at Genesis Health System agree?

The short answer to that question is yes. Infection Prevention Coordinator Lisa Caffery got into the topic Wednesday, July 15th, during Good Morning Quad Cities. She said the same thing as leaders from UnityPoint Health. 

People outside or alone don't need to wear one, but if you're going to the grocery store or going to be around people, you do. She also said we'll likely be wearing masks for the rest of the year.

"This is not going to end in one to two months," Caffery said Wednesday. "This is going to take the vaccine, which won't be available until next year for us to be able to move forward without masking or social distancing."

Genesis is also starting a 'Mask Up' awareness campaign for people to take part in the rest of the year. To see what both Genesis and UnityPoint Health Trinity's CEO said Tuesday, July 14th, click here. 

Credit: Genesis Health System