The early implementation of a universal face mask policy at a Michigan medical center in the early pandemics resulted in a reduced risk for healthcare professionals to acquire COVID-19, according to a study released Friday by Detroit-based Henry Ford  Henry Ford researchers analyzed the effects of the non-profit provider's universal worm policy, which was introduced on March 26, 2020, and required all staff – medical and non-medical – to receive and wear surgical or procedural worms on the premises while complying with other requirements for personal protective equipment.
The researchers found a correlation between the implementation of the worm mandate in Henry Ford and a significant reduction in the proportion of healthcare professionals who tested positive for COVID-1
From March 12 to August 10, 2020, approximately 20% of Henry Ford's healthcare staff were symptomatic of coronavirus and underwent testing. Before March 30, the odds of a healthcare professional testing positive for COVID-19 doubled every 4.5 to 7.5 days, but after March 30, the odds dropped to every 10.5 to 13.5 days, the study found.
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