Stories tagged: "face masks"


A person holds a mask while walking outside in Philadelphia, Friday, May 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Just Put It On: The Importance of Masking in a Public Health Pandemic

Dr. Debra Powell, of Reading Hospital, explains why masks are an important element in the fight against COVID-19 and answers some frequently asked questions about the masking debate.

Students in Sabrina Werley's 4th grade math support class at Cumru Elementary School in Berks County, April 14, 2021. (Reading Eagle Photo via Getty Images/Ben Hasty)
Loophole Allows Some Pennsylvania Students to Avoid Masking

Spot checks of about 50 school districts revealed at least a dozen around the state are using exemption forms that don't require a medical professional's signature, making it easy for parents to opt out on behalf of their children.

House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, during a news conference at the Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Wednesday, May 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
GOP Leaders Reject Wolf’s Call for Mask Mandate in Schools

The response came one day after Gov. Wolf asked GOP leaders to summon lawmakers to Harrisburg to pass legislation requiring schools and child care facilities to require masks in classrooms.

Teacher Tara Matise exercise with her prekindergarten students participating virtually in her classroom ahead of planned in-person learning at Nebinger Elementary School in Philadelphia, Friday, March 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Wolf Asks Legislature for Law Mandating Masks in Classrooms

Gov. Tom Wolf wants lawmakers back in Harrisburg immediately to work on a bill to order schools and child care facilities to require masks in classrooms.

President-elect Joe Biden plans to ask all Americans to wear a mask during his first 100 days in office. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Biden Says He Will Ask All Americans to Wear Masks for ‘100 Days’

President-elect Joe Biden’s first request of the nation isn’t hard, but it is meaningful.

Face masks save lives. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
4 Tips for How to Deal With the COVID Skeptics in Your Life

Even after the US surpassed more than 250,000 American lives lost to the virus, there are still—somehow!—people who believe the virus is a hoax.

A person wearing a protective face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus walks in Allentown, Pa., Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
You’re Now Required to Wear a Mask Outdoors in Pennsylvania When Social Distancing Is Impossible

Wolf said that he does not envision another broad shutdown order to contain the coronavirus in Pennsylvania and, rather, hopes to leave those decisions to local governments.