#MaskUpIdaho: Social media campaign urges Idahoans to wear a mask

Posted at 12:07 PM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-29 09:13:26-04

BOISE, Idaho — There is a new social media campaign urging Idahoans to wear a face mask. From Governor Little to medical professionals, members of the media everyday people, many are taking to the web to post photos of themselves showing off their masks using #MaskUpIdaho.

In this week's Rebound Idaho live Facebook interview, our Michelle Edmonds spoke with the executive medical director of Regence BlueShield. Dr. Amy Kahn says new studies find if you wear a mask in public, you are 85 percent less likely to spread coronavirus.

"Masks just need to be part of our article," said Dr. Kahn. "Don't leave home without it. Just think of it as the other thing you tuck into your car or have on the table on the way out the door that you bring with you and you put on when you are going out especially indoors, especially when you can't be six feet or more apart, especially when you are going to be with a group of people to protect and keep yourself healthy and protect that other person."

Some governor's in neighboring states, including Washington and Nevada, have mandated mask-wearing in public. During his news conference yesterday, Governor Little said a mask mandate does not make sense in Idaho. His office, however, created the #MaskUpIdaho campaign to urge Idahoans to use face coverings to keep the economy open.