Clark County Combined Health District Commissioner Charles Patterson said according to research, masks have been shown to have a “significant effect,” on slowing the spread of the virus. However, Patterson said he understands why some residents are confused about the impact wearing a mask has.
“At the beginning of this we said don’t wear mask and now we are saying wear one and the public is saying ‘but you said not to,‘” Patterson said. “We know now that wearing a mask is the best way to protect yourself and others. If we had known this months ago, we could have had a months advantage. We could have been sending the correct message from the beginning that everyone should wear a mask that way we can protect each other.”