Michigan Study Finds COVID-19 Case Rates Have Risen to Be “Similar” In Masked, Unmasked Students


A Michigan study has found that rates of COVID-19 cases among students who are required to wear masks in schools and those that are not have grown more “similar” over time and that, in some cases, schools with no masking requirements see lower rates of infection.

The Blaze reports that the study, “Michigan COVID Response Data and Modeling Update” looked at data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Disease Surveillance System of COVID-19 cases occurring in students between the ages of 5-18

“School-aged case rates have become more similar across mask rules as community transmission has increased,” one chart in the study reads.

It explains that has case rates are now highest among adults between 30-39, case rates in 5-18-year-olds “have become more similar across mask rule types.”

“Differences due to masking potentially being washed out by transmission in other settings,” it speculates.

The study nonetheless notes that “It remains important to mask up in indoor settings (schools and otherwise) to prevent transmission.”

The chart shows that, for a 7-day average of cases per 100,000 population, the school-aged population that was not subject to masking requirements or had partial mask rules was much higher than those subject to masking requirements in October, but the rates of transmission among those required to wear masks slowly rose as December approached to where they were virtually the same when the study most recently collected its data.

As Fox News noted, the study did not go into any further detail on “why kids in communities with mask mandates are seeing the same transmission rates as those without mask policies.”

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