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Ashish K. Jha+ Your Authors @ashishkjha Physician, researcher, and advocate for the notion that an ounce of data is worth a thousand pounds of opinion. Director @harvardgh. Soon, Dean @Brown_SPH Jun. 18, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

Dear @GovRicketts

From the point of view of the health of people in Nebraska, I think this is not a good idea. .

The evidence on wearing masks has been getting stronger.

A short thread

Just in past week, two studies have made me more confident we should all wear masks, -- especially when we are indoors in public spaces (eg retail stores)

The first paper from Cambridge University published in Proceedings of the Royal Society

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They use modeling to suggest that near universal masking could bring the outbreak under control

 https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rspa.2020.0376 

Their effects are large and its just modeling data.

However...
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So a 2nd paper, published this week in @Health_Affairs,
uses real world data.

They examine what happens after states made mask wearing.

They find that meaningful slowing in the growth of new COVID cases

 https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/full/10.1377/hlthaff.2020.00818 

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So bottom line is this.

Mask wearing is an essential tool to managing the pandemic.

Our political leaders should be doing everything to protect their people

If we choose not to wear mask, do social distancing and use testing/tracing, we will end up with large outbreaks

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Large outbreaks may force some places to shelter in place again

None of us want that

Wearing masks a simple way to reduce the risk of these extreme outcomes

@GovRicketts -- please push for more mask wearing.

And not block local leaders trying to do the right thing.

Fin


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