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July 12, 2021

Wearing A Mask Still Matters: The World Rallies to Continue Masking to Stop the Spread of COVID-19


World Mask Week (July 12-18) is a global movement to encourage continued mask-wearing to reach the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.


World Mask Week


SEATTLE, July 12, 2021 — Pandemic Action Network, 3M, and over 50 global, regional, and local partner organizations announced today’s launch of World Mask Week 2021 (July 12-18). It is a worldwide campaign underlining a universal truth: masking in public, combined with handwashing and physical distancing, is still one of the best ways to protect ourselves and others against COVID-19 as countries race to vaccinate their populations.

According to WHO, 2021 is already a deadlier year in the pandemic than 2020. Today, we see a two-track pandemic emerge. Some regions are against the spread of variants and rising case numbers, while others with access to vaccines are lifting masking and other public health restrictions.

“Everyone who has worn a mask in public has helped slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Deputy Director of the Africa CDC, Dr. Ahmed Ogwell Ouma. “As the pandemic continues to spread and access to vaccines has been slow across much of Africa, we must fight against pandemic fatigue and continue to do what we can to keep everyone safe.”

The campaign encourages people and organizations worldwide to rally behind the continued importance of wearing a mask.

“The pandemic is not over. We should rightly recognize and encourage our progress. Still, we must also put our expertise to work and stay vigilant in fighting the pandemic,” said Dr. Denise Rutherford, Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, 3M. “3M and our team members will continue to do our part. We are proud to participate in World Mask Week because you are helping protect the most vulnerable when you wear a mask. To all who are doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19, we thank you.”

Face coverings block the spray of droplets from sneezing, coughing, talking, singing, or shouting when worn over the mouth and nose. Consistent mask-wearing can also reduce the spread of the virus among infected people with COVID-19, but do not have symptoms or are unaware they have it. While a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent severe illness and death, the extent to which it keeps people from being infected and passing the virus on to others is still emerging.

“Last year, with the first World Mask Week, we sparked a global movement in 117 countries to wear masks. This year, we’re coming together around the message that masking still matters and to show gratitude for those who have worn a mask and continue to mask up,” said Eloise Todd, Co-Founder of the Network. “To end this pandemic for everyone, we must deploy all the tools available around the world to fight COVID-19 - and that includes mask-wearing.” Pandemic Action Network has released a Why Masking Still Matters policy brief to mark the urgency of this moment, including crucial messaging and recommendations for governments, businesses, and individuals.

Pandemic Action Network was launched in April 2020 to drive collective action to help bring an end to COVID-19 and ensure the world gets prepared for the next pandemic. Since launching, the Network has been working with influencers to promote mask-wearing, along with physical distancing and handwashing. World Mask Week provides the opportunity for global unity around a single message: Let’s keep masking — not just for ourselves, but for our families, our communities, those who are most vulnerable, and the world.

Pandemic Action Network drives collective action to bring an end to COVID-19. The Network consists of more than 100 global multi-sector partners, working both publicly and behind the scenes to inform policy, mobilize public support and resources, and catalyze action in areas of acute need. Network Partners believe that every effort made in the fight against COVID-19 should leave a longer-term legacy that better prepares humanity to deal with outbreaks and help prevent another deadly and costly pandemic from happening again.

Source: Pandemic Action Network

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