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Masks and closures decrease death rates: CDC report

Masks and closures decrease death rates: CDC report

According to a report by the CDC, mask mandates and limiting on-premises dining can reduce the COVID-19 spread. Reacting to the findings, CDC Director Dr. Walensky said the report is a reminder that ’strictly following prevention measures remain essential for putting an end to this pandemic.’ She added that It also serves as a warning about premature lifting these prevention measures.’

Shane 1 months

A report that looks for correlation across only two variables, and which focuses solely on variables associated with government mandates (masks and "non-essential" business closures) is not a balanced study in my eyes. A larger multivariate analysis needs to be made which factors in time of year, population density, age, health, climate, previous covid exposure etc. It's basic knowledge that correlation does not equate to causation, and the fewer variables you account for the less reliable your results. It's as though this study aims to reinforce a continuation of mandates during a time when the rollout of vaccines should be bringing us in the opposite direction.

Noah PaulOG
Noah PaulOG 1 months

Okay, now compare the 1% increase in cases to the increase in deaths from not being able to get early cancer screening, life saving medication, or "elective" surgeries like heart bypass. Maybe also secondary factors such as increase in drug/alcohol usage, domestic abuse, and suicide. Then there's tertiary factors like starvation, homelessness, and depression caused by the economic collapse that we are just entering into. If you feel you are at high risk, then YOU can take extra precautions. No one is advocating for laws AGAINST masks or self-quarantine. Taking from the many to meet the needs of the few always leads to Totalitarianism and eventual collapse of the society.

IvoryDove 1 months

In Nazi Germany, the trains ran on time. Those who will trade liberty for security will have neither.

Brandon Fitzgerald
Brandon Fitzgerald 1 months

"Changes in daily COVID-19 case and death growth rates were not statistically significant 1–20 and 21–40 days after [restaurant] restrictions were lifted. Allowing on-premises dining at restaurants was associated with 0.9 (p = 0.02), 1.2 (p<0.01), and 1.1 (p = 0.04) percentage point increases in the case growth rate 41–60, 61–80, and 81–100 days, respectively, after restrictions were lifted (Table 2) (Figure). Allowing on-premises dining at restaurants was associated with 2.2 and 3.0 percentage point increases in the death growth rate 61–80 and 81–100 days, respectively, after restrictions were lifted (p<0.01 for both)." I'm not surprised that the association is there and not surprised that it's relatively small.

E N..
E N.. 1 months

Turns out the common sense approach works,but only if you use it.

The Oracle8191
The Oracle8191 1 months

Way to go, guys! We shat all over personal liberty and are hounding others mercilessly for .5 percent! 👏👏

David Foxfire
David Foxfire 1 months

People need to work. They need to earn an income. They need to pay their bills. They need to eat. They need to get their children educated. The virus is no joke, no argument with me there, but closing society down and keeping people from living their lives is just as bad. There's a point where is cure is worse than the disease, and where people would rather take their chances with the virus than living in an open air prison. For too many people now, that point has been crossed. That is why Texas reopened in full. That is why NY is a ghost town. People need their lives back. They can't go on like this for another year.

Tech Leprechaun
Tech Leprechaun 1 months

Of course it reduces the transmission, simply by virtue of reduced human interaction. That's obvious to anyone. The question becomes, when the survival rate is 99.9% but compliance or closure due to inability to comply with the restrictions is killing 70% of small business, which is the greater evil? I get wanting to stop it, but at what cost? If more people are going to die or suffer massive reduction in quality of life due to a ravaged economy, I fail to see the justification. And has anyone asked the old people who are the only identifiable at-risk group? They are called the Greatest Generation for a reason. They spent their lives building this world we have, planting those trees whose shade they would never enjoy. Do you really think they want to be the justification for its destruction?

الأكبر فادي
الأكبر فادي 1 months

Bull... hygiene and social distancing had a way greater effect then mask

Brandon Fitzgerald
Brandon Fitzgerald 1 months

"Mask mandates were associated with a 0.5 percentage point decrease (p = 0.02) in daily COVID-19 case growth rates 1–20 days after implementation and decreases of 1.1, 1.5, 1.7, and 1.8 percentage points 21–40, 41–60, 61–80, and 81–100 days, respectively, after implementation (p<0.01 for all) (Table 1) (Figure). Mask mandates were associated with a 0.7 percentage point decrease (p = 0.03) in daily COVID-19 death growth rates 1–20 days after implementation and decreases of 1.0, 1.4, 1.6, and 1.9 percentage points 21–40, 41–60, 61–80, and 81–100 days, respectively, after implementation (p<0.01 for all)." I'm not surprised that mask mandates work, I think that should be fairly evident given how the virus particles physically spread, but I'm surprised at how small the percentage decreases are.

PointlessUsername 1 months

We have investigated what we said is good for you and determined that it is in fact good for you. No study involving any other factors is necessary and all other information is moot. It is time to do as you are told. /s

Seekster 1 months

The timing of this report is suspect. I am not saying that masks don't reduce infections (it makes logical sense that they would). I am raising an eyebrow about how convient it is that Texas and Alabama start to ease restrictions and this report comes out less than a week after their announcement with findings that seem targeted at what Texas and Alabama are planning.

C Rolf
C Rolf 1 months

Ya think? If all just never ventured out of their homes, we would greatly reduce infectious disease. We might starve to death, but what a success it would be.

Beijing Biden
Beijing Biden 1 months

Just look at her and she looks like an evil witch. Remember the same government told you to hide under your desk during a nuclear attack. With out a proper N95 for ventilation you will be inhaling your exhale all day which will have much more severe health damages. Especially for a flu strain which I gave a 99.95% survival rate. You ONLY quarantine SICK ppl NOT healthy ppl.

Kyle 1 months

Really, a .5-1.5 differential? What about the minimum 20% increase in suicide rates as a result of the lockdowns.

Sul Ki
Sul Ki 1 months

It is common sense if everyone is at home and doesnt go out the virus will go away. Also is it common sense masks work. Finally its common sense closing everything is not the solution.

tim 1 months


michael 1 months

There are a LOT of weaklings in these comments. It is a tiny piece of fabric. You can opt for a face shield if tiny pieces of fabric trigger you. Did reactionary conservatives invent mask outrage because they are anti science, or is it the idea that the masks protect OTHERS that the right wingers object to. If we had been lied to and told masks protect ourselves, would the selfish among our populace wear them? Why is an important well known and documented fact like "a mask prevents you from spitting your sickness into other people's lives" even a debate? Why is doing something for the welfare of others such an abomination in the eyes of the party that wants to force christianity on everyone?

Rocky 1 months

Still no direct evidence or studies on mask efficacy. They keep trying to push these correlative evidence reports in lieu of direct evidence while all the double blind clinical studies all continue to show the obvious that cloth masks are physically incapable of filtering virus aerosols. If they work just prove it in a clinical study.

Small town conspiracy 1776
Small town conspiracy 1776 1 months

I call bullshit! Drug abuse & suicide have skyrocketed with these lockdowns especially amongst teenagers! Very sad vey sad indeed

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