Huge! New Study Concludes Masks Did Not Slow COVID Spread In US
May 28,2021| NewsWars | NeedTo KnowNews |
A University of Louisville study published last week found that “mask mandates and use are not associated with lower SARS-CoV-2 spread among US states.”
Looking at the 80% of US states which mandated masks during the COVID-19 pandemic, the data concluded greater mask compliance did not correlate with lower growth rates of the virus.
The university study was the first to feature CDC data from multiple seasons, including the winter of 2020.
At the onset of the project, researchers “hypothesized that statewide mask mandates and mask use are associated with lower COVID-19 case growth rates in the United States.”
However, after finishing, researchers concluded, “Our findings do not support the hypothesis that SARS-CoV-2 transmission rates decrease with greater public mask use.”
In addition, the study states, “masks may promote social cohesion as rallying symbols during a pandemic, but risk compensation can also occur.”
For example, the university project found, “Prolonged mask use (>4 hours per day) promotes facial alkalinization and inadvertently encourages dehydration, which in turn can enhance barrier breakdown and bacterial infection risk.”