Colorado Governor Jared Polis has refused to order an indoor mask mandate. Many thought he would.

When asked about this at a recent press conference he referenced Colorado's neighbor to the south, New Mexico.

The governor explained to reporters that they are seeing the same sort of spike we are and they’ve had a mask mandate in effect since August 20.

Why Does COVID Spike?

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His reasoning for not having a mask mandate is, if it is not working for them, why would it work for Colorado?

“Scientists simply don’t know why our region has a spike,” he said.

So let's take a look at some of the variables to see if we can see why some states are spiking and some are not. Which states have a lot of cases and who do not is rather surprising. 

You can watch his full comments, in context, in the video below.

Why Isn't The Fight Against Covid Going As Expected?

When we look at current Covid numbers we can see a lot of variation, so it is hard to say what the best path is in this fight.

Some states that have had high vaccination numbers and are enforcing mandates have some of the highest COVID numbers. Some don't.

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Some states that have low vaccination numbers and no mandates have low COVID numbers, some don't.

Even politicians most adamant about mask mandates have been caught not wearing them when they think there are not any news cameras on them.

Are COVID Vaccines & Mandates Making A Difference?

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Last spring Texas governor Greg Abbott lifted the state’s mask mandate while cases were falling and … cases kept falling.

So why do states like California and Vermont, heavily vaccinated and heavy on the mandates, have some of the highest COVID cases in the nation?

At this point, we have to say that there are more variables than were expected.

This makes it hard to find a clear-cut solution to the Covid problem.

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