The state of Texas, which was the first state to lift its mask mandate, saw zero deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday for the first time since March of 2020.
In March, Governor Greg Abbott lifted the mask mandate and allowed 100% capacity for all businesses, and got criticism from President Joe Biden, who called it “Neanderthal thinking.”
Many experts expected the state to have a surge in coronavirus cases, but instead cases declined in the same way they did in many other places where masks were being worn.
“With over 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered to date and over 50% of eligible Texans vaccinated with at least one dose, the Lone Star State has achieved an incredible milestone in our fight against this virus,” Abbott said Friday in an update on the virus.
The experience of Texas seems to indicate that continued masking may not be as important as some health experts want people to think, whether they are vaccinated or not.
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