Study: Counties without mask mandates have much higher hospitalizations

October 28, 2020, The Hill, Peter Sullivan – A new study finds that coronavirus hospitalizations increased significantly more in areas without mask requirements, bolstering guidance from public health officials on the importance of wearing facial coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19. The study by Vanderbilt University compared Tennessee counties with mask requirements to those without any.Hospitals where less than 25 percent of the patients came from counties with mask requirements had the largest increase in coronavirus hospitalizations, up more than 200 percent since July 1, the study found. In hospitals where more than 75 percent of the patients came from counties with a mask requirement, hospitalizations were about flat compared to July 1. View Story.

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