Fargo Mayor Dr. Tim Mahoney Issues Mayoral Mask Mandate for the City of Fargo

The mandate requires residents and visitors in Fargo to utilize masks when exposed to non-household members, effective immediately.

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Fiction

CLAIM: I'm not sick so I don't need to wear a mask.

Verdict: FICTION
Simply put, wearing a cloth mask helps decrease the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Research now has shown that a significant number of people with COVID-19 lack symptoms. These people do not know they are transmitting the virus to others when they talk, sneeze, cough or raise their voice (e.g., singing or shouting). Wearing a mask helps to lower the transmission of respiratory droplets to other people around you. You should wear a mask to protect others, and they should wear masks to protect you.


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CLAIM: Masks can protect you and the people around you from exposure to COVID.

Verdict: FACT
A recent study published in Health Affairs, Community Use Of Face Masks And COVID-19: Evidence From A Natural Experiment Of State Mandates In The US, compared the COVID-19 growth rate before and after mask mandates in 15 states and the District of Columbia. It found that mask mandates led to a slowdown in daily COVID-19 growth rate, which became more apparent over time. The first five days after a mandate, the daily growth rate slowed by 0.9 percentage-points compared to the five days prior to the mandate; at three weeks, the daily growth rate had slowed by 2 percentage-points.


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Fiction

CLAIM: If I am wearing a mask, I don't need to practice physical distancing.

VERDICT: FICTION
While masks are proven to be an effective tool in limiting the spread of COVID-19, a combination of masking, distancing and good handwashing hygiene is even more effective. Think of it like driving a car at night with the headlights on, a buckled seatbelt and the airbags ready in case of a crash. Alone, all three help protect you while driving, but when combined, they are even more effective.


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Fiction

CLAIM: Masks don't protect me, they only protect people around me.

VERDICT: FICTION
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director Dr. Robert Redfield has made it clear: face coverings are "the most powerful public health tool" we have against COVID-19. Not only does masking up protect those around you, it also protects the wearers by filtering out many of particles which the COVID-19 virus can be attached to, according to a study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine. No mask is perfect, but they are very helpful in limiting exposure to viruses, and can help reduce the severity of infections.


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CLAIM: Masks are an effective Public Health prevention tool.

VERDICT: FACT
Masks are a critical prevention measure and are most essential in times when social distancing is difficult. If masks cannot be used , make sure to take other measures to reduce the risk of COVID19 spread, including social distancing, frequent hand washing, avoiding large gatherings, and staying home when you are sick.


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