A new study published in the internationally renowned academic journal “Nature Medicine” on the 23rd found that if the proportion of Americans wearing masks does not increase, even if the states implement social distancing measures, by the end of February next year, the number of deaths due to the new crown virus in the United States There will be more than 500,000 people.
This study analyzed data on confirmed cases and mortality of Covid-19 in the United States from February 1 to September 21 this year, and used it to simulate and evaluate different social distances in the United States from September 22 to February 28 next year. The possible development trajectory of viral infections in the context of restriction requirements and the level of mask use.
The research survey found that as of September 21, only about 49% of American residents said they “always” wear masks in public. However, if the proportion of wearing masks remains unchanged by February next year, with the implementation of social distancing regulations in various states, by February 28 next year, more than 510,000 people in the United States will probably die of Covid-19.
And if 95% of the people in the United States insist on wearing masks, and the states will also resume the implementation of social distancing regulations, the research model shows that by February 28, the death toll is about 380,000, which means that about 130,000 lives can be saved. .