It’s not often that we get this kind of real-time evaluation of health & social policy.
LAWRENCE — Despite facing cultural and political pushback, the evidence remains clear: Face masks made a difference in Kansas.
“These had a huge effect in counties that had a mask mandate,” said Donna Ginther, the Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor of Economics and director of the Institute for Policy & Social Research at the University of Kansas. “Our research found that masks reduced cases, hospitalizations and deaths in counties that adopted them by around 60% across the board.”
Today’s Federal court ruling removing the CDC mask mandate for transportation has people flinging off their masks at airports around the country. The TSA has also lifted the mask requirement for surface transportation like buses, trains and mass transit. No word yet if the CDC and local public health officials still have the legal capability to respond to a spike in COVID infections, locally.