Harvard doctor says the U.S. needs a mandatory mask sequence in all states to fight the rise of the coronavirus
Harvard doctor says the U.S. needs a mandatory mask mandate in all states to fight the rise of the coronavirus and prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed
- Dr. Ashvish Jha, from Harvard, says the US should implement a nationwide mask mission to fight the corona virus
- Studies have shown that states with mask mandates slowed growth rates and had fewer deaths
- Jha said wearing a mask will not only curb rising infections but also prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed
- There is no mandatory mask assignment where the federal government leaves the decision to the governors
A Harvard professor says the US needs a mandatory warrant to wear a mask in all 50 states to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.
Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, discussed the lack of a national mandate for NBCs TODAY.
He says wearing masks will not only be a way to slow down the infection rate, but also prevent hospitals and ICUs from becoming overwhelmed.
Dr. Harvard’s Ashish Jha (pictured) says US must implement nationwide mask order to fight coronavirus
Studies have shown that states with mask mandates slowed growth rates and had fewer deaths. Pictured: People wear face masks when they use the beach boardwalk in Huntington Beach, California, on July 1
Jha said wearing a mask will not only curb rising infections, but also prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. Pictured: Youths without protective masks walk along the Pacific Beach boardwalk on July 3 in San Diego, California
Jha says that a mask-wearing mandate would help prevent governors from giving lockdowns or staying at home again.
“Every state should have a mandatory mask sequence …[Someone] talked about freedom and how everyone should be able to choose for themselves, “he said.
“I don’t walk into a store and light a cigarette out of my desire to smoke indoors. I wouldn’t be able to walk to a store without a mask. ‘
Currently, there is no national policy that requires Americans to wear masks in public, leaving decisions in some states to the governors.
This is despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending the public to do this in April.
A University of Iowa The study looked at the growth rate of COVID-19 before and after mask assignments in 15 states and the District of Columbia.
Those with orders were experiencing delays with rates dropping 0.9 percentage points compared to five days before the mandate.
Another study found that out of 198 countries, those with government policies that encouraged the wearing of masks had lower mortality rates
A number of state governors have required residents to wear masks, including in New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, and now even in Texas
But some, such as the governors of Florida and South Carolina, opposed it, letting the mayors of individual counties decide.
However, cases in these states are on the rise, and Jha is concerned that hospitals may become overwhelmed.
“As far as hospitals are concerned, many hospitals are already starting to run up to capacity,” he said.
“At some point we will lose all our capacity, our ability to take care of people and so we have to close this off a bit and look for ways to break through these increases or we are more likely to have problems than they think. ‘
Jha also recommended that contacts testing and tracking should be stepped up and that certain sites closed until further notice.
“Things like indoor bars, night clubs, I guess we just can’t afford them now, not if we have these kinds of outbreaks,” he said.