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US Surgeon General agrees with Reynolds on not issuing state mask mandate

The U.S. Surgeon General is siding with Gov. Kim Reynolds on the topic of mask mandates. KCCI interviewed U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Thursday where he aid he agrees with the governor’s decision not to require Iowans to wear masks in public. Adams cited his experience handing Indiana’s State Department of Health. He said being from the Midwest he doesn’t think a mask mandate would work as well here as it would for coastal states. Adams said Midwest citizens are more receptive to explaining the purpose behind mitigation efforts. Adams said it is very difficult to enforce a mandate and that education will be more effective. “If you try to force people to do something without realizing why it’s important, they will resist you,” Adams said. “But if you treat them as adults, and engage them, in most cases, particularly people in the Midwest are going to do the right thing.”Adams also pointed out that there is a reason for recent spikes in cases in Iowa. He said cases are down in every age group except 18 to 25 year olds.

The U.S. Surgeon General is siding with Gov. Kim Reynolds on the topic of mask mandates.

KCCI interviewed U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Thursday where he aid he agrees with the governor’s decision not to require Iowans to wear masks in public.

Adams cited his experience handing Indiana’s State Department of Health. He said being from the Midwest he doesn’t think a mask mandate would work as well here as it would for coastal states. Adams said Midwest citizens are more receptive to explaining the purpose behind mitigation efforts.

Adams said it is very difficult to enforce a mandate and that education will be more effective.

“If you try to force people to do something without realizing why it’s important, they will resist you,” Adams said. “But if you treat them as adults, and engage them, in most cases, particularly people in the Midwest are going to do the right thing.”

Adams also pointed out that there is a reason for recent spikes in cases in Iowa. He said cases are down in every age group except 18 to 25 year olds.

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