In our county this summer in central Texas,mask mandate went into effect in July and infection rate daily decreased by half. We’re surging now, for many reasons-schools, complacency, gatherings for Halloween, increased testing available...CDC report on mask mandates.
Kansas 105 counties, 24 adhered to the mask mandate, 81 opted out.
6% decrease in Covid cases in the 24 counties during the same time period
while the cases in the other 81 counties were increasing.
I did not see the actual numbers released, which leads me to wonder if there might be a bit of propaganda puffing going on or if there were other factors involved.
But it appears mask mandates do provide some benefit.
I chuckle when anyone says “fatality rate is less than 1%”. Fatalities are a big deal (we’re at WWII levels now), but the bigger issue is the filling of hospitals with people who can’t breathe, for extended periods of time. There is also the long-term recovery no one mentions. Death is more “newsworthy “. That takes care away from someone who needs urgent surgery (cancer, sub-acute appendicitis, back injuries), or delays ER evaluation for stroke and heart attack patients.
you can build the biggest hospital in the world, if the staff keeps getting sick, or just not enough in an area, people still won’t be taken care of. Overwhelmed health care system is just as big of an issue. Just lost a couple who both caught it from (we think) a paid caregiver in their home. They died three days apart, alone, in the same hospital-he was in ICU and died, when she was admitted to a lesser-care unit.
Keep your “freedom” of not wearing a mask-but stay away from the rest of us-for your sake and ours. Maybe that’s our new political division-maskers and open-faces...