This study led by researchers at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research and the Brooke Army Medical Center JBSA Fort Sam Houston, Texas, finds that a Texas state-level mask mandate issued July 3, 2020, followed by a Bexar County-level mandate issued July 15, 2020, did not reduce daily mortality; hospital or ICU bed occupancy; or ventilator occupancy of COVID-19 patients.
In an unadjusted comparison of variables before and after mask mandates on a per-100,000 population basis:
In an adjusted comparison of variables before and after mask mandates on a per-100,000 population basis:
In both unadjusted and adjusted assessments, the caseload for all of the measured outcomes increased after the mask mandates were in place, the researchers concluded. The findings suggest that mask mandates alone cannot be expected to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.Read More >>