Cases always increase during mask mandates and always decrease after mask mandates are lifted.

Since January 1st many states have lifted or changed their mask restrictions and guidance, we are going to look at those changes state by state and see if cases increased and decreased after mask mandates ended.

Since January 1st 2022:

  1. California lifted their mask mandate
  2. Nevada lifted their mask mandate
  3. New Mexico lifted their mask mandate
  4. New York lifted their mask mandate
  5. Rhode Island lifted their mask mandate
  6. Delaware lifted their mask mandate
  7. Virginia banned mask mandates
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/us/cdc-mask-guidance-states.html and https://web.archive.org/web/20220101033741/https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/us/cdc-mask-guidance-states.html

So if masks are so good at stopping the spread of COVID we would expect these states to see a spike in spread and COVID cases right? Let’s see if the data shows that is the case. Call data is from the CDC.

Periods during mask mandates are highlighted in yellow

Periods when mask mandates are lifted are highlighted in green

California

February 16th California Ended their mask mandate, cases have continued to decrease after they increased during the mask mandate.

Nevada

February 10th California Ended their mask mandate, cases have continued to decrease after they increased during the mask mandate.

New Mexico

February 17th New Mexico Ended their mask mandate, cases have continued to decrease after they increased during the mask mandate.

New York

February 10th New York Ended their mask mandate, cases have continued to decrease after they increased during the mask mandate.

Rhode Island

February 9th Rhode Island Ended their mask mandate, cases have continued to decrease after they increased during the mask mandate.

Delaware

February 11th Delaware Ended their mask mandate, cases have continued to decrease after they increased during the mask mandate.

Virginia

February 11th Virginia’s new governor banned school mask mandate, cases have continued to decrease after they increased during mask mandates.

So cases always increase during mask mandates and always decrease after mask mandates are lifted.

Does this mean mask mandates work?

Ohio University Should Immediately Make Masks Optional.

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