Following the Science

PBS It’s OK to Be Smart | How Well Do Masks Work

This week we’re doing something a little different. Instead of one of your favorite SJC friendly faces offering the latest reopening news, we’re sending a different kind of video. This one is about the science of masks, and why they have emerged as the most effective form of personal responsibility to control a pandemic.

We’re doing something different because it’s helpful to remember that adapting to the latest good information is always a smart idea – and it’s how we’ll proceed through the upcoming semester. When we learn new things, we’ll do new things.

Last month, the College released its policy on face coverings. This week we’re updating it based on new data about the importance of masks. The policy now states that approved face coverings shall be worn in all indoor common spaces in any College building, and in all outdoor spaces where 6 feet of social distancing isn’t possible. (It says more than that, but that’s the important part. You can read the rest here.)

As we come back to campus, we all need to be aware of how we can keep ourselves, and each other, as safe as possible. A new study tells us that controlling COVID-19 may be simpler than many think – it boils down to a rule of three: masks, handwashing, and distancing.

It will be crucial for each of us to follow what we already know, while remaining flexible enough to incorporate new data into our daily routines. That’s where the spirit of community meets the spirit of learning.