Study used to justify UK school mask rules fails to prove they work

UK students are required to wear masks in schools as Omicron surges — even though the government admits the evidence for using face coverings in school to reduce the spread of COVID is “not conclusive.”

The UK government announced this week that students in secondary school, which is the equivalent of middle and high school, will have to wear face coverings to stop the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant.

But a review of evidence made public by the UK Department for Education shows the government’s own research has failed to prove masks significantly reduce transmission in schools.  

The research used to justify the new mask rule compared 123 UK schools that enforced masks to 1,200 schools that didn’t in October 2021 when cases were fueled by the Delta variant.


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