August 04, 2020 1 min read

Mask mandates have dominated the national conversation in recent weeks as governors around the country look to give their residents, especially their educators, an extra tool in the battle against COVID-19.

But at least locally, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine are keen to avert the alliterative phrase in favor of something more agnostic: ‘Facial coverings.'

For good reason, according to Dr. Will Sawyer.

Sawyer is a Tri-State internist who said cloth masks aren’t enough to keep teachers or students safe when they return to school in the fall.

Instead, Sawyer sides with the face shield.

“These [Sawyer holds up his fingers] are the 10 most deadly weapons, which is why you do not want to touch your ‘t-zone,' your eyes, nose and mouth,” he said. “It’s self-inoculation.”

Sawyer has spend the last 20 years talking about infectious diseases and campaigning for better hand hygiene. He started the Henry the Hand Foundation to create educational materials for children and adults alike.