Will the free N95 mask initiative actually help pandemic response?

Shruti Gohil, MD, associate medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UCI Health …. said she was struck by the White House decision to prioritize masks above other public health measures rather than the debates over the types of masks that should be distributed. “I see bigger priorities in the COVID pandemic response,” Gohil said, adding that the government could have funneled money toward local health agencies that are familiar with the needs of their communities.