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Karen Kent VanGorder (Photo: Courtesy photo)

Every day, hospitals and healthcare teams across the country are learning new information about the spread of the novel coronavirus, and how to best protect the public from COVID-19. As our state gradually reopens, it’s crucial to follow expert-recommended safety protocols — including wearing a mask — to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help avoid another deadly wave.

We at Sparrow Health System have launched the “Wear a Mask, Save a Life” campaign because we know that simply wearing a mask is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of the virus.

By covering your mouth, nose and chin, you’re significantly lowering the chances of spreading infection through small droplets that come out of your mouth when you talk, sneeze and cough. Although they cannot be washed,