Relying On Lockdowns, Social Distancing, And Masks Isn’t Working To Curb COVID-19


PA Pundits - International

By Doug Badger and Norbert Michel ~

COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to surge. The seven-day moving average of daily confirmed new cases eclipsed 260,000 on Jan. 9, the highest rate yet recorded. The U.S. is expected to reach the grim milestone of 400,000 COVID-related deaths later this month, around the anniversary of its first confirmed case.

These numbers suggest that the strategy of relying predominantly on social distancing, lockdowns, and mask-wearing is not working. We need better interventions.

A man wears a double mask as he visits Times Square in New York Dec. 10, 2020. President-elect Joe Biden says he will ask Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days of his administration to curtail the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images)

Some have called for national mask mandates. We recently examined the effects of mask mandates in the U.S. and Italy, and our

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