Two Iowa doctors launch Mask of Wellness program

Two doctors in the Iowa City area — David C. Krupp, M.D., an emergency room doctor in Iowa City and Dr. Robbie Schwenker, PharmD, a community pharmacist — have launched Mask of Wellness, a free initiative designed to provide education and tools for businesses to operate in a safe manner during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Businesses can sign up and self-certify at, pledging that they will take three simple actions to maintain the safety of employees and patrons of their establishments: 

  1. Masks – Worn by every employee in all areas of the work environment.
  2. Hygiene – Hand and surface hygiene practiced by ALL employees in conjunction with physical distancing when possible.
  3. Health – Employees attesting to no primary COVID-19 symptoms on a daily basis.

From the website, businesses will be able to download additional graphics, content and materials to promote the safety steps their business is taking as a COVID-Conscious business, in turn attracting customers and providing comfort and confidence to patrons. The ‘Mask of Wellness’ self-certification is provided at no cost.

As restrictions are being lifted in the majority of Iowa’s counties today, Dr’s Krupp and Schwenker devised the program to promote continued responsible behavior to allow for further openings while maintaining the health of the community. They plan to expand the program nationwide to promote social, physical and economic wellness.

“This is a win-win solution, reducing the chance of employees from spreading the virus in the workplace. In turn, your customers will feel more confident choosing a business that promotes a ‘COVID-Conscious’ work environment that prioritizes the health and safety of their customers and communities,” said Dr. Krupp. “Our collaborative efforts will play a role in preventing COVID-19 recurrent episodes with impact upon al elements of society. We appreciate your help to advance this endeavor fostering the health and the wealth of our community. The steps to take are so very simple and it all starts with a mask of wellness.”

Today Dr. Krupp and Dr. Schwenker, along with team of University of Iowa pharmacy and medical students, will be give out 300 free ‘Mask of Wellness’ packets to area restaurants.

The packets contain a letter of introduction as well as flyers, door clings, and information that the establishments can post at their physical locations as well as digitally on websites and social media.

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