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To mask or not to mask? That was the question at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
After initial reports saying Americans shouldn’t put on a face covering, the media and “experts” swiftly changed their tune. It quickly turned into a duty to wear a mask, and for many, it became a political statement.
Some counties and even states implemented mask mandates, but now studies are now revealing that it might have all been in vain.
The University of Louisville released their findings this month. In the conclusions of the study it said: “Mask mandates and use are not associated with slower state-level COVID-19 spread during COVID-19 growth surges. Containment requires future research and implementation of existing efficacious strategies.”
To come to this conclusion, the school used statistics such as COVID-19 case rates and mask wearing in those areas. The study also explained “We estimated post-mask mandate case growth in non-mandate states using median issuance dates of neighboring states with mandates.”
You can check out the full study here.
Just over a week ago, Texas announced it had zero coronavirus-related deaths. It’s one of the states that has thrown open its doors to normal life this year, including packed baseball stadiums.
Over the next several years, we’ll be able to look back more on 2020 and see how little or how much the extreme coronavirus policies did to help slow the pandemic.
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