A University of Louisville study was released on Tuesday, reporting challenging results to the mainstream belief that mask mandates would have helped to slow the spread of the Chinese coronavirus. The study takes note that 80% of American states issued mask mandates, but while those mandates resulted in “greater mask compliance” the mandates did not at all “predict lower growth rates” in those areas. The study examined data from the CDC and reported that mask mandates had no association with lower coronavirus spread in the U.S.
The first ecological study of state mask mandates and use to include winter data:
“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.”https://t.co/FAyieg02tJ pic.twitter.com/FVaDF112Q0
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) May 25, 2021
U of L said that their findings “do not support” the theory that infection rates “decrease with. . . public mask use.” They report that wearing a mask “may promote social cohesion” but that “risk compensation can also occur.” They then listed some observed risks that come with wearing a mask.
Other findings of mask complications reveal that wearing a mask for over 4 hours a day can cause facial alkalization, which causes dehydration leading to increased risk of bacterial infection. British clinicians reported that prolonged mask use caused sweating and headaches, as well as a decline in cognitive precision. This was explanatory phenomena for an increase in medical errors. Other problems include the obscuration of nonverbal communication, interfering with social learning for children.
The study from U of L also noted that states which followed in step with CDC guidance proved to be “poor predictors of COVID-19 spread,” in their findings.
Current CDC guidance, updated last on April 19, claim that masks offer “a simple barrier” to block “respiratory droplets” from spreading. Most recently, the CDC guidance said that vaccinated individuals need not wear their masks any longer, an official decision which many companies have happily adopted.
Author: Brooke Elliott