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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

Have New Mask Mandates Changed The Debate Around Wearing Face Coverings?

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Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland have followed Dayton in passing mask mandates. Cincinnati's mandate will go into effect July 9, requiring face coverings inside places of business. But the issue of whether to wear or go without a mask has been the cause of much national debate and divide along party lines, with politicians weighing in as often as health experts.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the debate over masks and the science behind their efficacy is University of San Francisco Distinguished Research Scientist and Masks 4 All Founder Jeremy Howard.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.