Mask up! Democrats and the media have been telling us for over a year that wearing masks helps lessen the spread of COVID. That may be true — but do they help all that much? Not really, according to a study on the impact masks make on COVID spread versus no masks.
We knew something was up when Texas ditched masks and cases plummeted regardless. But now a study has revealed that masks don’t really have an impact unless it’s in an area with low transmission rates to begin with. And states with mask mandates didn’t see any meaningful reduction in cases:
Our main finding is that mask mandates and use are not associated with lower SARS-CoV-2 spread among US states. 80% of US states mandated masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mandates induced greater mask compliance but did not predict lower growth rates when community spread was low (minima) or high (maxima). We infer that mandates likely did not affect COVID-19 case growth, as growth rates were similar on all days between actual or modeled issuance dates and 6 March 2021. Higher mask use (rather than mandates per se) has been argued to decrease COVID-19 growth rates…. Higher mask use did not predict lower maximum growth rates, smaller surges, or less Fall-Winter growth among continental states. Mask-growth rate correlation was only evident at minima. This may be an artifact of faster growth at fewer normalized cases, as well as regional differences in case prevalence early in the pandemic. States in the high mask quintile grew at similar rates as states in the low mask quintile after maxima (when interstate total case differences were smaller than before minima).
Mask mandates have become something most of us had to and still have to deal with. While the Left claims that masks work, the simple truth is that a year of wearing them didn’t provide us with any tangible benefits. To be fair, they didn’t cause any real harm past the inconvenience. But like the saying goes, “If you think you need to wear one, wear one. If not, don’t.”
In short, Democrats demonized people who chose not to wear masks after performing their own risk assessments over nothing.