Masks and closures in Arizona led to a 75% decrease in coronavirus cases

Mask mandates, closures of certain businesses and other COVID-19 mitigation strategies implemented over the summer led to a 75% drop in new coronavirus cases in Arizona, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

In stark contrast, when the state’s stay-at-home order was lifted at the start of June, but such measures weren’t yet put in place, the number of new COVID-19 cases increased 151% within two weeks, according to the report. As mounting evidence has shown, “widespread implementation and enforcement of sustained community mitigation measures, including mask wearing,” can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the authors wrote in the report.

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