New CDC report shows that mask mandates only lowered COVID-19 cases and deaths by 1.32% during the first 100 days after the mask policy was implemented
For about a year now, we’ve been told to mask up to slow the spread of coronavirus around the country. In 2020, 39 states and the District of Columbia (DC) issued mandatory mask mandates. However, a new report released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the mask mandates were not as effective as everyone had hoped.
Last Friday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report about the level of effectiveness of 2020 mask mandates in the U.S. According to the agency analysis, between March 1 and December 31 last year, statewide mask mandates were in effect in 2,313 of the 3,142 counties in the United States. Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci just admitted the there is no “science” behind the continued lockdown.
To examine the association of state-issued mask mandates and allowing on-premises restaurant dining with COVID-19 cases and deaths during March 1–December 31, 2020, the CDC compared “county-level data on mask mandates and restaurant reopenings with county-level changes in COVID-19 case and death growth rates relative to the mandate implementation and reopening dates.”
After analyzing the county-by-county data, the CDC concludes that mask mandates were associated with an average 1.32% decrease in the growth rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths during the first 100 days after the mask policy was implemented. In other words, the difference between mask mandates and no mask mandate is only a 1.32% difference. The latest CDC report would have been labeled fake news or misinformation if it had been written by someone else other than the CDC.
Here is how CDC explains its findings:
During March 1–December 31, 2020, state-issued mask mandates applied in 2,313 (73.6%) of the 3,142 U.S. counties. Mask mandates were associated with a 0.5 percentage point decrease (p = 0.02) in daily COVID-19 case growth rates 1–20 days after implementation and decreases of 1.1, 1.5, 1.7, and 1.8 percentage points 21–40, 41–60, 61–80, and 81–100 days, respectively, after implementation (p<0.01 for all) (Table 1) (Figure). Mask mandates were associated with a 0.7 percentage point decrease (p = 0.03) in daily COVID-19 death growth rates 1–20 days after implementation and decreases of 1.0, 1.4, 1.6, and 1.9 percentage points 21–40, 41–60, 61–80, and 81–100 days, respectively, after implementation (p<0.01 for all). Daily case and death growth rates before implementation of mask mandates were not statistically different from the reference period.