September 1, 2020, Vol 324, No. 9, Pages 823-908
Universal Masking in the United StatesThe Role of Mandates, Health Education, and the CDC
Lawrence O. Gostin, JD; I. Glenn Cohen, JD; Jeffrey P. Koplan, MD, MPH
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JAMA. 2020;324(9):837-838. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.15271
This Viewpoint proposes legal and policy options for promoting universal face mask wearing in the US and, recognizing the limits of state-by-state implementation, proposes strengthening the authority, independence, and funding of the CDC to enact responses to this and future comparable public health emergencies.