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UCLA Researchers: Mask Mandates Could Add $1 Trillion to GDP

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UCLA Researchers: Mask Mandates Could Add $1 Trillion to GDP

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LOS ANGELES (CNS)—Implementation of a nationwide mask mandate, combined with complementary public health measures, could reduce the coronavirus’ spread to essentially zero and have a potential $1 trillion impact on the U.S. GDP, according to University of California—Los Angeles (UCLA) Fielding School of Public Health researchers. The team’s research “makes clear that even as vaccines are developed and new variants, like B.1.7.7, are being discovered, the power to protect ourselves remains in our hands, as individuals,” said co-author Anne Rimoin, a UCLA Fielding School professor of epidemiology. “Wearing a mask is one of the simplest, most effective, and cheapest ways to do exactly that— and it’s been proven by the history of epidemiology over the past century, going back to the 1918-19 influenza pandemic and even before,” she said. Added co-author Christina Ramirez, a Fielding School professor in biostatistics: “Reducing disease spread requires two things: limiting contacts of infected individuals …

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