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Masks mandates worked to slow the spread of Covid-19 in Kansas, CDC research shows

November 21, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 24: A Sporting Kansas City fan wears a mask and tries to stay warm on a cold night on October 24, 2020 at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)

While they may be unpopular in some places, mask mandates work to slow the spread of Covid-19, according to new research published Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

(CNN)While they may be unpopular in some places, mask mandates work to slow the spread of Covid-19, according to new research published Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On July 2, as Covid-19 cases were surging in the state, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed an executive order that made masks mandatory in public spaces.

The majority of the state's counties, 81, opted out of this executive order, but 24 opted in or created their own mask mandate.

In the 24 counties that required people to wear masks in public, there was a net decrease of 6% in cases; whereas the disease continued to surge in the counties without the mandate.

This report is also consistent with other studies that have shown a decline in Covid-19 cases in 15 states and the District of Columbia, after mask mandates were put in place, compared with states that did not require masks and continued to see an increase in cases, the report said.

A CDC study in October in Arizona saw Covid-19 case numbers stabilize and then decrease after a mask mandate went into effect in June.

As of November 11, at least 35 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have some type of mask requirement order in place statewide.

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