All those factors may explain why the states with mask mandates haven’t fared significantly better than the 35 states that didn’t impose them during the omicron wave. Rhode Island, where I live, has had a mask mandate since mid-December; nonetheless, we saw our January surge rise far higher than any other state. There’s little evidence that mask mandates are the primary reason the pandemic waves eventually fall — though much of the outrage over lifting mandates is based on that assumption. Many experts acknowledge that the rise and fall of waves is a bit of a mystery, as epidemiologist Sam Scarpino explained to me on my podcast.
Rhode Island – Coveestim.org says 88% of the residents there have had Covid by now. 88%. It’s as if all the hand waving exercises to do something, did not actually do anything, if, in the end, everyone has had the disease we said we were preventing with our mask mandates.
Masks, like the entire field of epidemiology, are a religion, not science.