Government orders requiring people to wear masks in public could slow the spread of Kovid-19, a new report published on Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found, and not enforcing such orders Communities may face dramatic increases in new cases.
The report explored striking differences between counties in Kansas during the summer: some adopted the Niqab mandate, while others did not.
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In early July, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued an executive order for residents to cover their faces while in public places. Kovid-19 cases were on the rise at the time, especially in the more populous areas of the state.
By Kansas state law, individual counties could opt for less stringent orders. Of the state’s 105 counties, 24 followed the mask mandate and 81 chose, the CDC reported.
At the time of the mandate in early July, the “Kovid-19 incident had risen 467 percent” to counties that eventually followed the recommendation.
The incident, according to the CDC, “refers to the occurrence of new cases of illness or injury in a population over a specified period of time.”
At the time, counties that did not publicly require masks were not experiencing greater prevalence of coronaviruses.
Within about six weeks, the Kovid-19 rate essentially flip-flopped.
By mid-August, the CDC reported, the Kovid-19 incident had “decreased 6 percent” among counties adhering to the mask mandate. This doubled in counties that did not require face coverings.
The authors of the study wrote, “Kansas counties had mask mandates that reduced the transmission of Kovid-19, while counties did not have mask mandates.
Increasing evidence suggests that masks not only protect others from the spread of coronaviruses, they also protect the user.
SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Kovid-19, is mainly spread through respiratory droplets, especially when people are coughing and sneezing.
But even those who do not actively cough or sneeze can spread the virus through talking, singing, or even breathing. The CDC has estimated that approximately 50 percent of transmissions originated from asymptomatic people, or who have been infected but have not yet developed symptoms.
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While not foolproof, well-fitting masks covering the nose and mouth can greatly block the transmission of those viral particles.
Iowa, New Hampshire and North Dakota recently joined 34 other states to issue public order wearing masks.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert originally opposed a masked mandate, but only during the past few weeks when the state experienced an upsurge in affairs.
Herbert’s latest order, which was praised by public health groups, ordered residents to “mask the future for the future”.
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