Archive for October 29th, 2020

Seriously: Why the push for a national mask mandate?

October 29, 2020

Biden has made it a focus of his campaign … and, the politico-scientists  are all in.
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For the sake of argument, let’s just accept the WSJ observation that:

Some studies show that widespread use of masks can reduce spread.

Even if masks are only incrementally helpful, they are among the least economically costly and burdensome options for reducing COVID spread.

OK, so there’s potential upside and no significant downside

With that in mind, a recent  WSJ article on “COVID” Fatigue” had a chart that caught my eye.

The high red line below  is the percentage of people who regularly wear masks when they leave home.

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Bottom line: Gallup says that 91% of respondents said they wear masks in public settings … that’s up from 80% who said so in May.

Let’s dig a little deeper on those numbers…

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Oct. 29: C-19 Data Dashboard

October 29, 2020

233,123 Deaths-to-Date

1,040 Daily New Deaths  (peak 2,824 April 21)
> 7-day average 830       (peak 2.229 April 23)

79,638  New Cases
> 7-day average  72,780

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Details below…

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