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Opinion: Masks are not 100% effective, but they do stop the spread

It’s like having your kids buckle up in the car. It won’t offer 100% protection, but it does protect.

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A young boy wears a mask at a lemonade stand.

Barret Pritchard, 8, adjusts his mask while working at a lemonade stand with his sister in Provo on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. When asked how he felt about wearing a mask to school, the third grader said, “I wouldn’t care, I would still be glad that I had friends.”

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Recently, my daughter was exposed to COVID-19 in one of her extracurricular activities. Due to the activity being indoors and the contact nature of the activity, it was a high-risk exposure. Although the activity is considered high-risk, it is a place that follows masking protocols and masks are required for all youth classes. The doors are kept open, they have good filters, fans, and they maintain proper cleaning. 

My daughter’s rapid test and PCR test were both negative. 

For me, this experience reinforces that masking protocols work. No one said masks were 100% effective, but they are one of the very few tools we have to prevent the spread of this virus, and they offer a form of protection. It’s just like having my kids buckle up, it’s not 100%, but it provides a form of protection. 

With the careless spread of a novel virus, new variants and mutations will increase and we may lose the protections we have. A good portion of our population, 11 and under, are still unable to get vaccinated. Please do your part, get vaccinated and wear a mask for the protection of others.

Maurena Grossman

Salt Lake City