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The CDC has admitted face masks do little to prevent the spread of COVID-19 amid mounting pressure to lift mask mandates across the U.S. In a new study, the CDC found face masks had a negligible impact on coronavirus numbers that didn’t exceed statistical margins of error.
Merchant Jesus Barajas (C) wears a face mask as he shows long stem roses for sale ahead of the Valentine’s Day holiday at the Southern California Flower Market on February 12, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)
The study found that between March and December 2020, face mask orders reduced infection rates by 1.5 percent over the rolling periods of two months each. The masks were 0.5 percent effective in the first 20 days of the mandates and less than 2 percent effective after 100 days.
A traveler wears a face mask while checking their phone on the arrivals level outside the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) amid increased Covid-19 travel restrictions on January 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)
The CDC added it still recommends wearing face masks, although it admitted such mandates do not make any statistical difference. In the meantime, some states across the nation have slowly returned to normalcy by putting an end to mask mandates.
NEW CDC REPORT: Mask mandates lower COVID cases by around 1.5% over a two month period pic.twitter.com/wcoKXlJkDN
Original Story: CDC: Face masks don’t prevent COVID-19, study finds masks have negligible impact on coronavirus numbers