Today's Update: Monday, July 20

July 20, 2020

Dear Student Life Team, I’ve found one of my new favorite things is checking out the face masks others are wearing. Some are purchased, some are homemade, and the designs can be really fun and interesting. I’m not the only one noticing them, and I’d like to invite you to get in on the action!  

Send me a selfie of you in your mask, with your name, department and a brief description of your mask, including if it holds any special significance to you. I’ll feature some of the photos in an upcoming update and on social media. (Note: if you’d just like to share with me, but not be shared more broadly, that’s okay, too. Just be sure to let me know that in your message.) 

Face masks are an important part of slowing the spread of COVID-19 and are currently mandated by law in many locations including Franklin County. They not only help protect you but also people around you. The Centers for Disease Control makes it clear, “Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.” As students, staff and faculty return to campus it becomes especially important that we model safe and healthy habits.  

A couple quick tips: Wash your hands before you put it on, and only handle it by the straps. Also, the mask should cover your mouth and nose. I see too many people whose masks are not over their nose, and that isn’t helpful.   

It’s obvious face masks are going to be with us for the foreseeable future. #Mask up, and send me your selfie so everyone can see your Scarlet and Greatness!