Like thousands of my fellow physicians who are members of the Indiana State Medical Association, I applaud Gov. Eric Holcomb’s decision to order face masks for use by all Hoosiers in public. This mandate is a necessary step to prevent another surge of COVID-19, a disease that spreads whether the sick ever develop symptoms or not.
Masks are effective, safe and necessary to protect Indiana’s public and economic health from the coronavirus. Most importantly, masks save lives—perhaps yours and those of your loved ones, friends, neighbors and co-workers.
If we are successful in reducing COVID-19 by wearing a mask, all of Indiana can get back to school, back to work and back to doing all the things we cherish as Hoosiers. I hope you will mask up yourself and be a positive role model.
David R. Diaz