Lower KOBID rates in masked states
THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) – States that last year demanded that people disguise themselves had a lower COVID-19 rate than those who did not need a mask.
The researchers looked at data from 50 states and the DC in Washington to evaluate mask policies, information about how people mask themselves, and COVID rates from May to October 2020.
They considered the delay of a month in the effect of wearing a mask and then COVID infection rates.
“States with the lowest levels of mask retention had high COVID-19 rates the following month, regardless of mask policy or demographic factors,” the Boston University team recently wrote on the print server medRxiv, before the findings were peer-to-peer.
The research was led by Charlie Fischer of the Boston University School of Public Health. The latest findings were published in the journal on April 14 PLOS ONE.
The study rated COVID rates, which exceeded 200 cases per 100,000 population, as high, and the researchers reported that 14 of the 15 states that did not require people to wear masks were in that category.
They found that none of the eight states in public use of a 75% or more car mask had a high COVID rate.
The average infection rate in these eight states was 109.26 per 100,000 population the following month, with 100,000 249.99% in states with less than 75% use of public masks.
“The protective effect of wearing the masks was noticeable over the course of four months pandemic, even after the association has adapted mask policy, distance policy, and demographic factors, ”Fischer and colleagues said in a magazine note.
States have had different policies on mask use, and the authors say understanding the link between mask use and COVID rates can help guide policies to reduce pressure on health systems, economic instability, and the pandemic of death.
They suggested that policies to reduce the spread of COVID and public health efforts should focus on using more masks at the national level.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more to offer COVID-19 and masks.
SOURCE: PLOS ONE, news, April 14, 2021