Study Shows Face Masks Didn’t Slow COVID Spread

Study Shows Face Masks Didn't Slow COVID Spread

( – The CDC issued guidelines recommending the wearing of masks to inhibit the spread of COVID-19 in 2020. A new study has compiled data from the CDC, and it suggests that masks didn’t prevent the highly contagious virus from spreading.

The University of Louisville evaluated the data from the winter COVID-19 spike. Their study suggested that masks didn’t decrease transmission rates. It also indicated that mask-wearing was a poor predictor of COVID-19’s spread. The study came to the conclusion that mask mandates only served to create “social cohesion” by serving as a symbol of the fight against the disease.

Researchers added that there were numerous downsides to wearing a mask. These included dehydration, increased risk of bacterial infection, headaches, and sweating. The report said these ailments could contribute to decreased cognitive skills.

Furthermore, masks were found to interfere with non-verbal communication and social learning among children. They also impact people with hearing loss who rely on mouth-reading to communicate.

The study results didn’t determine that wearing face masks was useless. However, the study did suggest that COVID-19 spread “was not significantly different” between states that mandated mask-wearing and those that didn’t “at low or high transmission rates.”

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