Such a directive would “likely increase face-mask usage meaningfully, especially in states such as Florida and Texas, where masks remain largely voluntary,” economists
The U.S. leads the
As the pandemic has unfolded, authorities said different things about whether healthy people should wear face masks to reduce the spread of the disease. While the
The Goldman analysis found that a national mandate could increase the number of people wearing masks by 15 percentage points, and cut the daily growth rate of confirmed cases by 1 percentage point to 0.6%.
The economists related face-mask usage to infection growth rates and fatalities at a regional and country level. They also compared cumulative infections and deaths to the lag between the onset of the virus’s spread and the introduction of face-mask directives. In each of their models, wearing masks was associated with better Covid-19 outcomes. They also proposed that strict bans on large gatherings could help to reduce infections.
Some Republican governors who originally opposed mandates have
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