Health Editor’s Note: A study has shown that the universal use of masks will cut the daily COVID-19 death rate by two thirds. Usage of masks will cut the cases of coronavirus by greater than half. These are significant statistics that could help us see a decrease in coronavirus cases and deaths even before the production of an effective, safe vaccine. ….Carol
U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Could Be Cut 67 Percent With ‘Universal Mask Usage,’ Study Finds
by Soo Kim/Newsweek
With novel coronavirus cases in the U.S. approaching nearly 3.9 million, several local authorities have issued orders requiring face coverings in public in a bid to reduce the spread of infection.
While many people have been opposed to mask mandates, the widespread use of masks could potentially help significantly reduce the country’s daily case count and daily death toll, according to data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.
The U.S. daily death toll is currently projected to be around 815 by November 1, according to projections from the IHME. This daily death toll projected for November 1 could be reduced by over 66.4 percent if “universal masks” were applied across the country, the institute noted.
Universal mask usage refers to a 95 percent usage of masks in public in every location, with “mandates re-imposed for six weeks if daily deaths reach eight per million (0.8 per 100,000),” the institute explained.
Universal masks could also reduce the country’s projected daily case count for November 1 by more than half, according to the research. The daily case count in the U.S. is currently projected to reach around 124,929 by November 1, the IHME noted.