Researchers reviewed COVID-19 data in Kansas after the state added a mask mandate.
The researchers found that the counties that added a mask mandate saw a decrease in COVID-19 cases.
- Counties with mask mandates saw a 6% reduction in cases based off 7-day rolling averages.
The counties that didn’t add a mask mandate saw cases rise.
- These counties saw a 100% increase in cases, according to the study.
- The researchers admitted the study was not a randomized, controlled study — so other factors could have led to the slow of the spread, like physical distancing or fewer gatherings.
- “This adds to the growing body of evidence that says large, widespread masking helps to slow the spread of COVID,” said Dr. Aaron Carroll, a professor at Indiana University School of Medicine, according to NPR.
Back in October, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data that showed the state of Arizona had a 75% drop in new COVID-19 cases after it added local mask mandates, restrictions on public events and closures of bars, gyms, movie theaters and restaurants in the middle of June, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.