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There is hardly a more divisive issue in the country than mask mandates. Interestingly, the nation is split in half on the issue: half the states currently have mask mandates; the other half doesn’t.
This article is a statistical overview that is going to do something that experts and most of the mainstream media refuse to do: Assume you can look at the data and come to your own conclusions.
It is important to note that this study is not about mask compliance. It is about mask mandates. The following chart of mask compliance in the United States in 2020 comes via the New York Times. It bears out that mask mandates and compliance are two different concepts.
There are fifty states in this study, which discounts Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. Below the brief analysis will be charts from the New York Times, which are based on public data. The New York Times is being deliberately chosen to facilitate open-mindedness for those who may be averse to coming to particular conclusions.
For context, COVID cases and death rates are trending downward in the United States as a whole. Cases have gone down 27% in the last 14 days, while hospitalizations are down 7% and deaths are down 8%.