How many lives will be saved by wearing masks? Are there better alternatives?

I have counted the u.s covid-19 cases cases and deaths for the first week of April, and divided them by states requiring mask wearing and not requiring wearing masks. The mask wearing states had a death rate of 0.91% while the non mask wearing states had a death rate of 1.59%. The non mask wearing states had 244 deaths per day. This means we could have saved 244 (1.59-0,91)/1.59 = 103 lives per day as a nation if all were forced to wear a mask, everything else being equal (which of course it isn’t). (Look at Appendix 1 to see how your state is faring.)

Are there any better ways to save lives?

In March 2020 President Trump became a proponent of using HydroxyChloroQuine as a remedy for Covid-19. It was met with strong opposition from CDC and even scorn from his political opponents. CDC even published strong advice against using it to treat Covid-19, while still recommending its use to treat Lupus and rheumatoid patients with essentially no restrictions, including pregnant women and nursing mothers. After all, it had an over 50 year safety record as treatment for Malaria. Even Dr Fauci acknowledged its safety and efficacy as a cure for Coronaviruses as early as 2005, (see Appendix 2). Many countries are using HCQ as a first defense against COVID-19, and they experience on average less than half the death rate of nations that do not use HCQ as a first defense. To complicate matters, HCQ is prescribed to between 16 and 30% of all Covid cases in the U.S. As a guess with today’s 491 death’s per day, we could have saved more than 40%, about 200 lives a day, or twice as many lives as are saved by the mask mandate. The biggest problem for CDC is that HCQ is generic, cheap and easy to produce, so there is no profit in making a double blind study. For Trump opponents it was far more important to defeat Trump than to save a hunded thousand lives. ( see https://lenbilen.com/2020/09/06/u-s-a-corona-virus-death-rate-as-of-september-5-is-3-00-41-countries-have-higher-death-rates-15-countries-giving-hcqzincz-pac-to-covid-19-patients-as-soon-as-symptoms-occur-have-much-lower-death/ )

But there are other interesting cures for COVID-19, Ivermectin is fantastic. It has one problem, through.You can buy it at Tractor-supply, it is used as an antiparasitic agent for dogs and horses, and it is generic. However the worldwide interest is so big that at least 50 trials have been conducted and there is a 76% decrease in mortality. That means,using it properly would save nearly 400 lives per day.

see more at https://www.theblaze.com/op-ed/horowitz-who-data-ivermectin-reduces-covid-mortality-by-81-also-who-we-still-dont-recommend-it?utm_source=theblaze-breaking&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20210401Trending-IvemectinCovid&utm_term=ACTIVE%20LIST%20-%20TheBlaze%20Breaking%20News

Appendix 1

These are the U.S. states and territories with mask mandates:

State                          Cases Deaths Death rate   Cases    Deaths Death rate

                                      Last seven days         Total Since Pandemic started

Alabama                       305      18   5.90%        517,452    10,652   2.06%

Kansas                          183        8   4.37%        305,489     4,959   1.62%

California                  2688     109   4.06%      3,685,570   59,884  1.62%   

Kentucky                     538       18   3.35%         429,841     6,184  1.44%

Arkansas                      156         5   3.21%        331,505     5,660   1.71%  

Nevada                         309        8    2.59%        305,929    5,308   1.74%

New Mexico                200|        4   2.00%        192,989     3,963   2.05%

West Virginia              376         7   1.86%        144,820     2,735   1.89%

Guam                                                                     7,804        134   1.74%

Oregon                        468         8    1.71%      168,795      2,439   1,44%

Virginia                     1380       23   1.67%      631,083     10,436    1.65%

Louisiana                     363         6   1.65%        447,655   10,185   2.28%

District of Columbia    116     1.4   1.21%        45,498       1,077   2.37%

Massachusetts           2142       25   1.17%        650,573   17,358   2.67%

Maryland                   1311       15|   1.14%      421,823      8,410   1.99%

Puerto Rico                                                      210,181      2,139|   1.04% 

New York                  7552       76   1.01%     1,968,112   51,120   2.60%        

North Carolina          1526       15|   0.98%       924,810    12,212   1.32%

Indiana                         994        9    0.91%       693452     13,099   1.89%

Washington               1007         9    0.89%     375,725       5,368   1.43%

Ohio                           1900       17   0.89%     1,030,864   18,741   1.82%

U.S. Virgin Islands                                              2,945            26   0.88%

Wisconsin                    733         6   0.82%      582,643      6,667   1.14%

Pennsylvania             4162       27   0.75%   1,063,979    25,440    2.39%

Utah                             398        3    0.75%       388,426      2,139   0.55%

Illinois                        2982      20    0.67%   1.269,196    23,740   1.87%

New Jersey                4166       27   0.65%      942,311      24,783  2.63%

Hawaii                           97      0.6    0.62%       30,363          467   1.54%

Connecticut               1045         6    0.57%    319,779        7,940   2.48%

Michigan                    7226      40    0.55%     804,031     17,450   2.17%

New Hampshire          394         2    0.51%       86,035       1,250    1.45%

Colorado                    1481        7    0.47%     474,053       6,294    1.33%

Minnesota                  1931         9   0.47%     535,182       6,990    1.31%

Vermont                       164     0.7    0.43%       20,615          231    1.12%

Delaware                      320     1.1    0.34%       97,042       1,567   1.61%

Maine                           316     0.4    0.13%|      53,434          750   1.40%   

American Samoa                                                        0              0   0.00%

Total 48,929 447 0.91% 20,160,004 377,797 1,87%

These are the states and territories without mask mandates:

State                          Cases Deaths Death rate   Cases    Deaths Death rate

                                      Last seven days         Total Since Pandemic started

Montana                       144        6   4.17%        105,526      1,489  1.41%

Georgia                       1253     36   2.87%      1,068,199    19,305  1.81%

Mississippi                   209        6   2.87%       306,611      7,077  2.31%

Texas                          2,886    79    2.74%     2,817,742   49,124  1.74%

Iowa                             562      13   2.31%        384,173      5,843  1.52%

Nebraska                      274       6    2.19%        212,785     2,183  1.03%

Wyoming                        59    0.9  1.53%          56,802          701  1.23%

Missouri                       594        8   1.35%       581,164      9,196  1.58%

Arizona                        628        8   1.27%        846,230    17,023  2.01%

N.  Mariana Islands                                                 159|            2  1.26%      

South Carolina            1001    11   1.10%         559,597     9,237  1.65%

Idaho                             278       3   1.08%       182,841       1,989  1.09%

Florida                         5489    56   1.02%      2,096,747   33,844 1.61%

Tennessee                   1094     10   0.91%       820,965     11,997  1.46%

South Dakota                244    0.9   0.37%       119,197       1,939  1.63%  

North Dakota                154    0.3   0.19%       104,364       1,468  1.41%

Oklahoma                    275        0    0.00%       441,906      6,669  1.51%

Alaska                          172       0   0.00%          61,198          309  0.50%

Total 15,316 244 1.59% 10,766,206 179,393 1.67%

Appendix 2:

Dr Fauci also wrote about mask wearing during the Spanish Flu

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lenbilen

Retired engineer, graduated from Chalmers Technical University a long time ago with a degree in Technical Physics. Career in Aerospace, Analytical Chemistry, computer chip manufacturing and finally adjunct faculty at Pennsylvania State University, taught just one course in Computer Engineering, the Capstone Course.

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