Oklahoma medical professionals are emphasizing the importance of masks.
During his weekly COVID-19 update, OU Medicine’s Dr. Dale Bratzler said numbers are troubling.
“It’s been a challenging week for our state within the past 7 days, we’ve seen 5,000 newly confirmed cases in one week,” Bratzler said.
Bratzler continues to encourage social distancing, and masks.
“The data is very, very consistent now that wearing a mask will reduce the transmission of this virus from one person to another, and that’s why we‘ve been working with city councils and mayors to put mask ordinances into place, because we know we don’t have any other options right now to slow down the spread of this virus,” Bratzler said.
Another local health official said he agrees.
Gary Raskob, Chair of the Board of the Oklahoma City County Health Department is also an advocate of masks.
“This is a modest thing to do that we really are asking people to do in the best of Oklahoma’s tradition which is to take care of each other and the community,” Raskob said.