Texas Vaccine Expert Applauds Governor's Mask Mandate

Barbara Schwarz
July 03, 2020 - 10:10 am

    DALLAS (KRLD) - Texans now have to wear facemasks while out and about. It's due, of course, to the soaring Covid-19 case count.

    One of the nations leading vaccine researchers, Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the College of Tropical Medicine with the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston calls it a welcome development.  Masks help people from transmitting the virus and may reduce your likelihood of getting sick.   "It's a welcome step.  Whether or not it will be sufficient to stem this massive wave of disease that's coming over Texas now, that's a big unknown because the numbers are still accelerating rapidly."

    Hotez notes Dr. Anthony Fauci said the US could see 100,000 cases a day in the United States if things continued to accelerate.  "On a per-person basis, we're just about there already so Texas is meeting Dr. Fauci's apocalyptic vision right now.  It's a very dangerous situation."

    Hotez notes the virus is spreading rapidly through Texas, and not just in the bigger counties.  "There's more room to act and that includes a full lockdown like we've experienced before.   I know the governor does not want to do that and I know that bring a lot of hardships, but that may be where we go, so we're going to have to have some situational awareness."

    He says it could take a couple of weeks to see how much a difference this makes.  It can two weeks for newly infected people to show symptoms. Asymptomatic people can spread the virus.
    Between says in the meantime, cases will likely rise and more people on ventilators will pass away.