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A few months ago, biology professor and statistician Damian Guerra published a study in International Research Journal of Public Health evaluating the connection between COVID-19 infections and mask mandates throughout the continental US.  Here are just a few of the study’s findings:

Randomized control trials have not clearly demonstrated mask efficacy against respiratory viruses, and observational studies conflict on whether mask use predicts lower infection rates.

Case growth was not significantly different between mandate and non-mandate states at low or high transmission rates, and surges were equivocal.

Mask mandates and use are not associated with slower state-level COVID-19 spread during COVID-19 growth surges.

The study made national news.

Dr. Guerra recently wrote a letter to our Town Council summarizing his findings and offering a series of COVID-19 prevention measures that are more effective than mask mandates.  The Councilors were presented with the letter last week in anticipation of their upcoming vote on a voter petition to end the local mask mandate.

Click below to read Dr. Guerra’s letter in its entirety.

For the full text of the study, click here.