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SVSU's medical adviser: Why wearing masks is so important

With fall upon us and fewer outdoor activities available, medical experts are warning the public to remain vigilant in observing safe practices that prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Dr. Matthew Deibel of Covenant HealthCare compliments SVSU on the health and safety measures implemented thus far, and reminds us of the importance of one of those practices: wearing protective face masks properly, covering the nose and mouth.

"I know wearing masks is getting old, but the reality is, the virus is still here," he said. "It is still a virus that can cause death for some people, and long-term problems. Wearing a mask is — right now — probably the most effective thing we can do to prevent it from spreading to others."

In the video, he also discusses how indoor social gatherings and other activities can lead to the spread of the virus.

The medical director of the Covenant HealthCare Regional Emergency Care Center, Dr. Deibel is serving as an adviser to SVSU.

He completed a master's degree in health administration and leadership from SVSU in 2018.

Continue to Practice 5

Along with wearing protective face masks, please don't forget to observe the other practices of Practice 5.

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Voluntary testing continues next week

Photo: Sarah Clark, studio art technician, was among the many volunteers who visited the Ryder Center for a COVID-19 test.

After another week that saw around 100 people participate in the open testing program, SVSU again will offer testing next week. Those testing sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; and Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in O’Neill Arena. Participants will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card.

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