New study shows mask controls work – no matter what governors think

For months, a group of governors across the country insisted they would not impose a mask mandate because it was overbroad of government or simply wouldn’t work. Some have since caved in to the ever-growing number of cases, but others like Wyoming’s Mark Gordon and South Dakota’s Kristi Noem have held on.

A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control on Friday adds to the evidence that mask warrants are in fact slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

Researchers looked at Kansas as it was in the throes of a surge this summer. Governor Laura Kelly implemented a statewide mask requirement, but counties were allowed to opt out.

Some did and some didn’t, which gave epidemiologists a chance to make side-by-side comparisons. And what they found was clear: Counties that met Kelly’s tenure saw their cases drop 6%, while those that avoided a warrant saw their cases increase by 100%.

Some of the counties with warrants had other anti-COVID measures in place, such as limits on the size of social gatherings or occupancy of restaurants. But the data showed that counties that had a mask mandate but had no other restrictions were still seeing cases plummet – meaning the order of masks was making a difference.

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