CNN reported a study conducted by IHME COVID-19 Forecasting Team last week that wearing a mask has a direct correlation to saving lives. The study concludes that if 95% of the public were to wear a mask from September 22, 2020 through the end of February 2021 approximately 129,000 lives could be saved. (Reiner, R.C., Barber, R.M., Collins, J.K., et al. 20202)
This is a substantial amount of lives saved, and even if 85% of the population wore masks, approximately 95,000 lives would be saved over that same time period. (Reiner, R.C., Barber, R.M., Collins, J.K., et al. 20202) It is time we did our due diligence as responsible citizens and fight this pandemic together. Click HERE to read the article posted by CNN. Click the DOI below to read the full study conducted by the IHME COVID-19 Forecasting Team.
Reiner, R.C., Barber, R.M., Collins, J.K. et al. Modeling COVID-19 scenarios for the United States. Nat Med (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41591-020-1132-9