Last week, I noted that mask mandates were not working, likely because people failed to use or maintain them properly.

Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just published a report about a study that showed almost 71% of infected case-patients “always” wore masks:

A study conducted in the United States in July found that when they compared 154 “case-patients,” who tested positive for COVID-19, to a control group of 160 participants from the same health care facility who were symptomatic but tested negative, over 70 percent of the case-patients were contaminated with the virus and fell ill despite “always” wearing a mask.

“In the 14 days before illness onset, 71% of case-patients and 74% of control participants reported always using cloth face coverings or other mask types when in public,” the report stated.

In addition, over 14 percent of the case-patients said they “often” wore a face covering and were still infected with the virus. The study also demonstrates that under 4 percent of the case-patients became sick with the virus even though they “never” wore a mask or face covering.

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/pdfs/mm6936a5-H.pdf

The study indicated that some of these people might have become exposed to the virus when they removed their mask to eat or drink at “places that offer on-site eating or drinking.” However, the agency noted that it could not decide on the exact location the exposure to the pathogen occurred.

“Characterization of community exposures can be difficult to assess when widespread transmission is occurring, especially from asymptomatic persons within inherently interconnected communities,” the report states.

In fact, the report suggests that “direction, ventilation, and intensity of airflow might affect virus transmission, even if social distancing measures and mask use are implemented according to current guidance.”

In September, Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden pressed for a national mask mandate that his VP pick had to walk-back.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris said during a CNN appearance on Sunday that a Biden administration would not institute a mask mandate – a considerable change from the Democratic convention, when Biden promised one – instead saying they would set a “national standard” on mask-wearing.

Well, if the standard is based on science, there won’t be a mask mandate.

Additionally, Biden campaign events have been mask-wearing, virtue-signaling homages to severe coronavirus restrictions. It turns out contact-tracing has determined two Minnesota residents were likely infected at a Biden rally.

The state also traced two cases to attendees of Biden campaign events, including one from a Sept. 16 Duluth event. While another was initially reported from a person who attended a Sept. 22 event in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Park, state officials told The Hill that the Biden campaign later said no event took place in Brooklyn Park on that day.

Paired with the “Great Barrington Declaration” and the World Health’s Organization’s revised guidelines recommended the end to lockdowns, this new report should have responsible leaders and public health officials significantly revising their approach to the virus.

 

 
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