By Kevin D. Romine

SAN ANTONIO – COVID-19 has claimed more than 500,000 lives in America as of Feb. 23, 2021. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is performing studies and attempting to find solutions to the problems presented by COVID-19.

One of the experiments the CDC performed was an effective study on double masking. Double masking involves the use of a paper medical procedural mask secured underneath a cloth mask.

According to, the combination of the cloth mask covering the medical procedure mask blocked 85.4% of rough particles. The CDC is recommending this procedure for anyone looking to avoid the virus.

“I like to listen whatever the health professionals say,” said Our Lady of the lake student, Gabriel Cook, “If they say they are recommending us to wear two mask and that it’s a good idea, I’ll do it.”

A San Antonio native who contracted COVID-19 and wished to remain anonymous reported that he felt the virus would take his life. Even though he followed CDC guidelines, he felt they were ineffective as he still contracted the virus.

Despite his negative experience as well as a distrust of corporations and government, he said he will still accept the vaccine rather than risk getting sick again.

The vaccine is being provided free of charge as they have already been purchased by the United States government.

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is the CDC’s goal. They continue to encourage everyone to wear a mask, social distance and avoid crowds.

If you feel you may have been exposed and are experiencing symptoms, you should get tested.

If you do not have insurance, you can receive a test at no cost through the city of San Antonio at the Freeman Coliseum Testing site or at the walk-in testing site.

For more information on testing site locations and more, visit the the CDC website.

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