Victorian government used ‘low grade’ mask study to justify mandate, experts say

Researcher ‘staggered’ that institutes used newspaper photos to assess mask use and effect on Covid ratesFollow our Covid live blog for the latest updatesVic:hotspots;restrictions;vaccination rates by postcodeVaccine rollout tracker;cases and data trackerGet our free news app;get our morning email briefingA study relied on by the Victorian government to justify its strict mask mandate has been criticised by some doctors and epidemiologists as “low grade” evidence.While the experts emphasised that wearing masks indoors was important and that masks helped reduce transmission, they said the“world first” joint study by the Burnet Institute and the Kirby Institute was flawed.Continue reading...
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