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More proof that mask mandates worked to slow the spread of Covid-19, CDC research in Kansas shows

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mask slow the spread of Covid-19/ Icon Sportswire/Getty Images KANSAS CITY, KS – OCTOBER 24: A Sporting Kansas City fan wears a mask

and also tries to stay warm on a cold night on October 24, 2020 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

While they may be unpopular in some places, mask mandates work to slow the spread of Covid-19,

according to new research published Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Since Covid-19 spreads predominantly through respiratory droplets, wearing a mask can protect others from the person wearing the mask who may have Covid-19.

however This month, the CDC released guidance that said masks can protect the wearer, too, by filtering incoming infectious droplets.

mask slow the spread of Covid-19/ a person standing in front of a sign: A shopper passes a sign urging customers to wear masks at a Brandy Melville store on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in San Francisco. As the coronavirus pandemic transforms San Francisco's workplace, legions of tech workers have left, able to work remotely from anywhere. Families have fled for roomy suburban homes with backyards. The exodus has pushed rents in the prohibitively expensive city to their lowest in years. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

© Noah Berger/AP A shopper passes a sign urging customers to wear masks at a Brandy Melville store on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in San Francisco.

pandemic transforms San Francisco’s workplace

meanwhile As the coronavirus pandemic transforms San Francisco’s workplace, legions of tech workers have left, able to work remotely from anywhere.

Families have fled for roomy suburban homes with backyards. then the exodus has pushed rents in the prohibitively expensive city to their lowest in years. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

On July 2, as Covid-19 cases were also surging in the state, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed an executive order that made masks mandatory in public spaces.

The majority of the state’s counties, 81, opted out of this executive order, but 24 opted in or created their own mask mandate.

The counties that did require masks account for two-thirds of Kansas’ population.

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The CDC and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment looked at the Covid-19 case trends between June 1 and July 2,

before the mandate, and then July 3 to August 23, after the mandate, to compare what happened.

In the 24 counties that required people to wear masks in public, there was a net decrease of 6% in cases;

whereas the disease continued to surge in the counties without the mandate. In those counties, the net increase in cases was 100%.

This research “adds to the evidence supporting the importance of wearing masks

and implementing policies requiring their use to mitigate the spread of SARS-CoV-2,” the report said.

This report is also consistent with other studies that have shown a decline in Covid-19 cases in 15 states and the District of Columbia,

after mask mandates were put in place, compared with states that did not require masks

and continued to see an increase in cases, the report said.

A CDC study in October in Arizona

A CDC study in October in Arizona saw Covid-19 case numbers stabilize

and then decrease after a mask mandate went into effect in June.

As of November 11, at least 35 states plus the District of Columbia

and Puerto Rico have some type of mask requirement order in place statewide.

President-elect Joe Biden discussed a need for a national mask mandate

Thursday with a bipartisan group of Republican and Democratic governors.

Wearing a mask, Biden said, is “not a political statement; it’s a patriotic duty.”

Some studies have shown that if there was a universal mask mandate, it could save thousands of lives.

As the number of Covid-19 cases has surged across the country, on Wednesday Kansas Gov.

Kelly announced a new executive order that established another statewide face-covering protocol that takes effect November 25.

The new order allows local leaders a week to create

and implement their own version of a mask ordinance that works for their communities.

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