A recent MedRxiv study found that mask mandates and the use of masks in the continental United States were “not associated with lower SARS-CoV-2 spread” during the global outbreak of the coronavirus last year.
Measuring total coronavirus case growth and public mask use with data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the non-peer-reviewed study’s results ascertained that the growth rate of COVID-19 cases did not significantly vary between “mandate and non-mandate states.”
When exposed to higher transmission and spread, “surges were equivocal” across the separate states and “[m]ask mandates and use” could not be “associated with slower state-level COVID-19 spread during COVID-19 growth surges,” the researchers noted.
“Our findings do not support the hypothesis that SARS-CoV-2 transmission rates decrease with greater public mask use,” they continued. According to the researchers, coronavirus “transmission waves are independent of reported mask use,” and do not associate with case growth.
“Case growth was independent of mandates at low and high rates of community spread, and mask use did not predict case growth during the Summer or Fall-Winter waves.”
This study is one of many to question the prevailing notion that mask mandates were proper predictors of virus mitigation during the initial months of the pandemic’s outbreak.
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