CDC: Face masks don’t prevent COVID-19, study finds masks have negligible impact on coronavirus numbers

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Gen Til wears a protective face mask while working out at Planet Granite climbing gym during the coronavirus pandemic in San Francisco, Thursday, March 4, 2021. The gym opened today to allow ten percent capacity. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Gen Til wears a protective face mask while working out at Planet Granite climbing gym during the coronavirus pandemic in San Francisco, Thursday, March 4, 2021. The gym opened today to allow ten percent capacity. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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The CDC has admitted face masks do little to prevent the spread of COVID-19 amid mounting pressure to lift mask mandates across the U.S. In a new study, the CDC found face masks had a negligible impact on coronavirus numbers that didn’t exceed statistical margins of error.

Merchant Jesus Barajas (C) wears a face mask as he shows long stem roses for sale ahead of the Valentine's Day holiday at the Southern California Flower Market on February 12, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. - While some florists note an increased demand for socially distant gifts, the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted global supply chains and shut down most large events including weddings where flowers are popular. The Valentine's Day and Mother's Day holidays are historically the two busiest days of the year for floral businesses. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

Merchant Jesus Barajas (C) wears a face mask as he shows long stem roses for sale ahead of the Valentine’s Day holiday at the Southern California Flower Market on February 12, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

 

The study found that between March and December 2020, face mask orders reduced infection rates by 1.5 percent over the rolling periods of two months each. The masks were 0.5 percent effective in the first 20 days of the mandates and less than 2 percent effective after 100 days.

A traveler wears a face mask while checking their phone on the arrivals level outside the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) amid increased Covid-19 travel restrictions on January 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. - President Joe Biden will re-impose a Covid-19 travel ban on most non-US citizens who have been in Britain, Brazil, Ireland and much of Europe, a White House official said, as the new administration ramps up its pandemic response. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

A traveler wears a face mask while checking their phone on the arrivals level outside the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) amid increased Covid-19 travel restrictions on January 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

 

The CDC added it still recommends wearing face masks, although it admitted such mandates do not make any statistical difference. In the meantime, some states across the nation have slowly returned to normalcy by putting an end to mask mandates.

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