National requirement to wear face masks may reduce daily growth in coronavirus cases, Bank says

A national requirement for mask masks would lead 15 percent more Americans to wear face coverings during the coronavirus pandemic, and could help prevent a new lockdown, according to a study by Goldman Sachs.

A mandate requiring all Americans to wear facial coverings could also bring the daily growth rate of COVID-19 infections down by as much as 1 percentage point to 0.6%, according to the findings of the bank’s chief economist, Jan Hatzius and his team.

Hatzius says the results show that a mask requirement could replace lockdowns implemented to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

He says avoiding lockdowns can help save the economy and prevent a five percent drop in GDP – or gross domestic product.

A mask requirement should apply to all facets of American life outside of quarantine measures, including workplaces and social interaction, including barber shops and restaurants. The mandate would also have an impact on leisure and sports activities.

According to Nationalman Sachs, a national requirement for face masks would cause 15 percent more Americans to wear face covers during the coronavirus pandemic.  This week face masks are worn in New York by both a hairdresser and a client

Such a requirement would apply to work and other places of social interaction, including restaurants.  A waiter wearing a mask has been pictured among customers not wearing masks this week in New York

Such a requirement would apply to work and other places of social interaction, including restaurants.  A waiter wearing a mask has been pictured among customers not wearing masks this week in New York

According to Nationalman Sachs, a national requirement for face masks would cause 15 percent more Americans to wear face covers during the coronavirus pandemic. Such a requirement would apply to work and other places of social interaction, such as barber shops and restaurants

The mandate would also have an impact on leisure and sports activities.  A cyclist wearing a mask is pictured riding this week at South Pointe Park in Miami Beach

The mandate would also have an impact on leisure and sports activities.  A cyclist wearing a mask is pictured riding this week at South Pointe Park in Miami Beach

The mandate would also have an impact on leisure and sports activities. A cyclist wearing a mask is pictured riding this week at South Pointe Park in Miami Beach

“We notice that face masks are associated with significantly better coronavirus results,” Hatzius said in a note to customers about the study’s findings, CNBC reports.

The bank’s conclusions come now that the Americans are divided, whether they wear masks or not to protect against COVID-19 and to slow down and contain the spread of the deadly flu-like virus.

To date, the US has had more than 2.6 million cases of the coronavirus, of which more than 127,000 have been blamed.

The debate about wearing facials has intensified as states have moved to reopen after COVID-19 locks.

In fact, President Donald Trump, who also opposed wearing facials, claimed that some Americans would wear face masks in public to signal “disapproval of him,” rather than prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

He made the suggestion despite official guidelines from health experts who said that wearing masks in public, combined with coronavirus testing and quarantine of infected people, is essential to curb its spread.

Trump, who has repeatedly refused to wear a face mask in public, also suggested that people who fidget with masks in public actually help spread the virus.

“They put their fingers on the mask and pull them off, and then they start touching their eyes and touching their nose and mouth,” Trump told the Wall Street Journal.

House speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat and ardent Trump critic, said on Sunday that a mandate for a national face mask “ should have come a long time ” and called on the President to wear facials.

“The president should be an example, real men wear masks, are an example to the country and wear the mask,” she said.

Goldman’s Hatzius letter to customers describes the benefits of requiring Americans to put on their masks.

Our baseline estimate is that a national mandate could increase the percentage of people wearing masks by 15 [percentage points] and decreased the daily growth rate of confirmed cases by 1.0 [percentage point] up to 0.6%. Hatzius from the bank wrote.

Goldman's Hatzius letter to customers describes the benefits of requiring Americans to put on their masks

Goldman's Hatzius letter to customers describes the benefits of requiring Americans to put on their masks

Goldman’s Hatzius letter to customers describes the benefits of requiring Americans to put on their masks

“These calculations imply that a face mask mandate could potentially be used as a replacement for lockdowns that would otherwise subtract nearly 5% of GDP,” he explained.

The bank’s study looked at how many face masks have an impact on the infection rate by comparing differences in population behavior by state by state.

In one example, the bank found that about 40 percent of people who responded in Arizona said they “always” wore outside a mask. By comparison, the number of people who always used to have facials in Massachusetts was about 80 percent.

The bank also reviewed mandates in 20 states and Washington DC from April 8 to 24, and compared the data to the use of facials reported by YouGov COVID-19, a global public information group.

The bank said it found that the number of people who require states to wear masks and say they use “always” or “often” increased by about 25 percent about a month after a national mandate was imposed.

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