This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business.

A recent study by BYU confirmed what we have asked businesses to do as part of staying safe to stay open, namely wearing a mask helps.  Researchers at BYU reviewed 130 scientific papers on the cost, benefits and disadvantages of wearing a mask for public health in a pandemic.

The researchers relied on scientific studies, so practical knowledge could be gleaned without political concerns. What did they conclude? That with a high degree of confidence, masks protect us from COVID-19. All face coverings, even cloth, inhibit the spread of the virus by as much as 90. Further, the research concluded there was no risk to healthy individuals who wear a mask.

This simple request to wear a mask in public is really an act of public service. Masks are most effective at protecting others, and we are all in this together. If we focus on following best practices outlined in the “Stay Safe to Stay Open” campaign, we can heal both our communities and our economy. These public health practices substantiated by scientific research are outlined at

Please visit the website and request your company sign on to the business pledge to protect their workers, customers, and the economy.  As we commit to keeping each other safe, more parts of the economy can reopen and rebound. Go to and request others to join the movement.

I’m Derek Miller, with the Salt Lake Chamber, and this is “Speaking on Business.”