COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is taking the CDC’s recommendation that Americans wear protective masks to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus to heart.
During his Saturday briefing, DeWine said he would begin wearing a homemade mask when in public to curb the virus.
DeWine showed off some masks Ohio’s First Lady Fran DeWine made.
While the masks are not medical grade and are not effective in a health care facility, they are effective in protecting others from spreading germs.
“It’s about 80 percent effective, but that 80 percent, like our Swiss cheese layers of everything we’re doing to stay home, adds up collectively to slowing down the spread of this virus, buying us time, precious time,” said Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton.
While the masks are not mandatory to wear, DeWine strongly encouraged everyone to wear them.
The governor encouraged people to not put a stigma on people who are wearing homemade masks and bandanas. Instead, he said to look at it as helping your fellow man.
“Think they’re trying to do something that’s good, trying to keep their germs, trying to keep from infecting us,” DeWine said. “These are positive things.”
Acton added that the masks should be in addition to, not a substitute to, social distancing.
“What we don’t want is people to think this is a substitute for social distancing,” DeWine said. “It is not, but it is something that we can do and should be accepted.”
DeWine also encouraged employers to allow their employees to wear the masks if they choose to.
Lt. Gov. Jon Husted added his wife Tina wears a mask and gloves when she does the a weekly grocery run.
“We appreciate people wearing the masks,” he said. “It shows respect for one another to slow the spread.”