A new study shows that mask mandates do the opposite of what they are supposed to do, wherein they actually encourage the virus to spread through communities, rather than stop it.
The study looked at an overview of states and areas that implemented mandatory mask wearing, and compared the statistics to reported cases after the mandates went into effect. The reverse correlation was “remarkable,” study authors said.
The authors concluded that mask mandates not only don’t work, but exacerbate the infection rates. For example, when they looked at eight counties in Florida that had the mandates, there were an average of 24 cases per 100,000 people, per day. When their mask mandates were removed, only 17 cases per 100,000 people were reported.