‘Not debatable: vaccines and masks work,’ says infectious disease expert

Written by on August 30, 2021

‘Not debatable: vaccines and masks work,’ says infectious disease expert

By Brittany Sweeney

August 30, 2021

Maritza Muniz, a St. Luke’s University Health Network nursing student, giving a vaccine shot to a resident at a pop-up vaccination event at the Hispanic Center in Bethlehem. Photo| Genesis Ortega / WLVR

With the new school year upon us, parents are struggling to make decisions for their children about masks.

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A local infectious disease specialist says with COVID-19 case counts rising in the area, everyone should be putting on a mask.

Dr. Jeffrey Jahre, senior vice president of Medical and Academic Affairs at St. Luke’s University Health Network, said two issues are not debatable: vaccines and masks work. 

“If you put the potential hazards of a mask versus the potential benefits of a mask, versus the hazards that are known right now of COVID-19, there’s absolutely no question that it comes out that masks are absolutely the thing to do,” Jahre said.

Children do best with in-person learning and masks can help to keep them in the classroom all year long, he said, by preventing a substantial outbreak.  

Masks do not have to be a long-term mandate, he said, schools should reassess in 4-6 weeks to see where the case counts stand.

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