Sumary of Study reveals mask rule turned Melbourne’s deadly second wave ‘overnight’:
- Camera IconMandating masks changed the course of Victoria’s deadly second wave overnight, research has revealed.
- NCA NewsWire / Ian Currie Credit: News Corp Australia“We had a unique situation in Melbourne where masks were made mandatory as a single policy change and compliance went from low use to very high use of masks in the community very rapidly,” Dr Scott said.
- NCA NewsWire / Ian Currie Credit: News Corp AustraliaThe study used thousands of images from The Age newspaper photo library of Melbourne community settings that showed mask usage rose from 43 per cent before July 22 to 97 per cent afterwards.
- Camera IconFormer deputy chief health officer Allen Cheng said he regretted not mandating masks earlier.
- NCA NewsWire / Sarah Matray Credit: News Corp Australia“The introduction of masks was the single most important control measure that took place last year in bringing Melbourne’s second wave under control,” Professor Saul said.