Regardless of whether the themes of 30 phone conversations in Winnebago County, Wisconsin, are forcibly applicable to the entire state of North Carolina, nothing in this study pertains to extreme emergency orders.
Scientific controversy surrounds one study. A letter signed by 45 epidemiologists carried a formal request for retraction of the paper. They cited numerous methodological errors and "verifiably false" statements.
If anything, this study counsels against state mask mandates as unnecessary and indeed redundant. Rader et al. find "no significant change in mask uptake" from mask mandates. They recommend policymakers instead consider "innovative strategies for evaluating and increasing mask usage" voluntarily.
This study put forward by the Cooper administration warns that shutting down the economy bodes "catastrophic consequences … which ultimately will lead to more suffering, poverty, and death than the virus itself, especially for the working poor."
This series on the Locker Room will feature a different sampling from Cooper's research each day until all have been discussed. It'll examine and discuss each study, asking whether it supports Cooper’s extreme exercise of power, because that is the relevant standard.