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Universal Mask Wearing Could Save Some 130,000 Lives In The U.S., Study Suggests

Added 10-24-20 08:07:02pm EST - “The study is based on some assumptions under different scenarios. It suggests that if 95% of Americans wore masks in public it could drastically reduce the amount of COVID-19 deaths by February.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Universal Mask Wearing Could Save Some 130,000 Lives In The U.S., Study Suggests”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Midshipmen wearing face masks stand and salute before the Navy Midshipmen play against the Houston Cougars on Saturday in Annapolis, Md. Researchers have tried to estimate how many lives would be saved by universal mask-wearing. Patrick Smith/Getty Images hide caption

Midshipmen wearing face masks stand and salute before the Navy Midshipmen play against the Houston Cougars on Saturday in Annapolis, Md. Researchers have tried to estimate how many lives would be saved by universal mask-wearing.

Universal mask wearing in public could greatly reduce the number of Americans who die by COVID-19 by February, a study published Friday in the journal Nature Medicine projects.

Researchers at the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation made estimates based on some assumptions under different scenarios.

In what they describe as the worst-case scenario, they project that COVID-19 deaths could exceed a million between September 2020 and February 2021 if what they call "the current pattern of easing" restrictions continues in states.

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