A new study has found that states in the United States that require the use of masks in public have seen a larger decline in the number of new crowns than in states that do not force the use of masks,media BGR reported. According to the study, as many as 450,000 cases of COVID-19 may have been prevented in these states by using masks. Many states with soaring infection rates do not have a rule on wearing masks.
According to a new study by Health Affairs, the number of new crown cases requiring residents to wear masks has fallen even more than in states that do not force the use of masks. After reviewing state orders and public data sets from April 1 to May 21, the study estimated that between 230,000 and 450,000 CASES of COVID-19 may have been prevented in 15 states (plus Washington, D.C.) that require people to wear masks.
“Our study provides evidence that coVID-19’s daily growth rate declined even more after states that did not issue mandatory requirements in the United States, where they were required to use masks in public, than in states that did not issue mandatory requirements, “are required to do so,” the company said. The study’s authors say in their conclusions. “As countries and states around the world begin to relax social distance restrictions and consider the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19 outbreaks in autumn and winter, the requirement to use masks in public may help reduce THE spread of COVID-19.” “
But over time, there is growing evidence that wearing masks in public can have a huge impact on the spread of the virus. In addition, it is not enough to require some people to wear masks. Some U.S. states specifically target employees who may interact closely with customers or colleagues. But according to the study, “there is no evidence that the daily growth rate of COVID-19 has declined with the demand for employees only”.
Maintaining social distance, good hygiene and making informed decisions remain critical to mitigating the spread of the virus, but masks need to be a priority for more states. In Florida and Texas, where infection rates are currently soaring, there are no rules for wearing masks. Doctors in Florida are now urging Governor Ron DeSantis to force a mask. Meanwhile, as early as April, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order prohibiting local governments from imposing fines or criminal penalties on anyone who decides not to wear a mask in public.