We wanted to share recent academic research findings that indicate people wearing masks in public have a direct impact on limiting the spread of Covid-19.
From the Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published June 11, 2020
“We conclude that wearing of face masks in public corresponds to the most effective means to prevent interhuman transmission, and this inexpensive practice, in conjunction with simultaneous social distancing, quarantine, and contact tracing, represents the most likely fighting opportunity to stop the COVID-19 pandemic.”
From the journal Health Affairs, published June 16, 2020
“Estimates suggest as many as 230,000–450,000 COVID-19 cases possibly averted… by these mandates. The findings suggest that requiring face mask use in public might help in mitigating COVID-19 spread.”
“The study provides evidence that states in the US mandating use of face masks in public had a greater decline in daily COVID-19 growth rates after issuing these mandates compared to states that did not issue mandates. As countries worldwide and states begin to relax social distancing restrictions and considering the high likelihood of a second COVID-19 wave in the fall/winter requiring use of face masks in public might help in reducing COVID-19 spread.