Mandatory face mask mandates limit spread of covid-19 by 6%: US CDC

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By CAPosts 20 November, 2020 - 08:49pm 43 views

Mandatory generalized use of face masks in the population reduces COVID-19 infections by 6 percent, according to a report published by the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , while governments that do not implement its use could cause an increase of more than 100 percent in cases.

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The information from the CDC is based on the imposition of the mandatory use of masks in the state of Kansas, decreed in July by Governor Laura Kelly, in which among the 105 counties in the state, 24 adhered to the mandate of the masks and 81 chose not to participate.

In the first week of the recommendation for the use of face masks, from July 3 to 9, the incidence of infections in counties where they did not impose any imposition of face masks increased to 467 percent; while the recommended use of non-compulsory face masks increased up to 50 percent in the number of cases.

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In counties where the mandatory use of face masks was imposed, infections were reduced by up to 6 percent. In Kansas, city councils that had masks mandates slightly mitigated COVID-19 transmission , while counties that did not have face masks continued to see increases in cases.

CDC estimates that about 50 percent of cases Transmissions originate in asymptomatic people. Although face masks, with their correct use, are only one of the mitigation measures, they can block a large part of the transmission of viral particles.

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