More evidence that masks work (and restaurant dining could be a problem)

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) links mask mandates to a decline in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

The study also found that allowing restaurant dining was linked to increases in cases and deaths.

Why it matters: The study provides additional empirical backing for mask mandates and limiting restaurant dining, at a time when some states are opening. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) this week ended his state’s mask mandate, as did Mississippi’s governor.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said Friday that the data “serves as a warning about prematurely lifting these prevention measures.”