At the same event, however, she seemed to allow for doubts about their effectiveness. She noted that neighboring states with mask mandates, such as Illinois and Minnesota, have seen rising numbers of cases, although not as dramatic as Iowa’s.
A reporter asked Reynolds how she would convince mask skeptics, who include many of her political supporters, that they work.
“Oh there’s science on both sides, and you know that,” she said. “If you look you can find whatever you want to support wherever you are at.”
Another reporter asked later what she meant by that remark, given the scientific consensus that masks provide protection for others as well as those wearing them.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends widespread use of cloth masks to reduce the emission of droplets that spread when people cough, sneeze, sing, talk or breathe. The agency says masks are particularly important in