Since Covid-19 is predominantly spread through respiratory droplets, wearing a mask may protect others from the person wearing the mask who may have Covid-19. This month, the CDC released guidance stating that masks can also protect the wearer by filtering incoming infectious droplets.
On July 2, when Covid-19 cases rose in the state, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed a decree making masks mandatory in public spaces. The majority of state counties, 81, opted out of this executive order, but 24 chose or created their own mask mandate. The counties that required masks account for two-thirds of Kansas’ population.
The CDC and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment looked at the Covid-1
9 case development between June 1 and July 2 before the mandate and then July 3 to August 23 after the mandate to compare what happened.
In the 24 counties that required people to wear masks in public, there was a 6% drop in cases; whereas the disease continued to rise in the counties without a mandate. In these counties, the net increase in cases was 100%.
This study “adds evidence that supports the importance of wearing masks and implements policies that require their use to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2,” the report said.
This report is also consistent with other studies that have shown a decrease in Covid-19 cases in 15 states and the District of Columbia after mask mandates were introduced compared to states that did not require masks and continued to see an increase in cases, the report said.
A CDC study in October in Arizona found that Covid-19 case numbers stabilized and then declined after a mask mandate went into effect in June.
On November 11, at least 35 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have some form of mask needs arrangement in place across the country.
Elected President Joe Biden discussed a need for a national mask mandate Thursday with a two-party group of Republican and Democratic governors.
Wearing a mask, Biden said, is “not a political statement; it is a patriotic duty.”
Some studies have shown that if there was a universal mask mandate, it could save thousands of lives.
As the number of Covid-19 cases has increased across the country, the Kansas government on Wednesday announced a new executive order establishing a second face-to-face protocol that goes into effect on November 25th.
The new order gives local leaders a week to create and implement their own version of a mask ordinance that works for their community.