Doctors welcome extended mask mandate

"Even if it's not a mandate... I will continue to wear a mask."

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The coronavirus pandemic has been a learning experience for everyone, and doctors have picked up quite a bit in particular.

“What we have learned over the pandemic”, says CHI Creighton Infectious Disease Division Chief Renuga Vivekanandan, “is non-pharmaceutical intervention, like masks, definitely work. Even if it’s not a mandate, I think, personally, I will continue to wear a mask.”

Of course, Lancaster County is under that newly extended mandate, which may not be a bad thing as the weather gets colder.

Dr. Vivekanandan lists the threats this season: “COVID-19 infections continue to be there for a while. Influenza might come back this winter. We already have RSV. Having the mask kind of also helps with other viral infections as well.”

Once you remove COVID from the equation, things start to look up a bit. Speaking specifically of lower transmission rates, Dr. Vivekanandan says, “I think we will get to a point where we don’t have to wear a mask. I think that is coming. We just have to get our vaccine rates higher.”

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