Do masks work?

A review of the evidence

By Jeffrey H. Anderson – August 11, 2021 – for City Journal 

Tags: Covid-19, Health Care, Politics and law

My cmnt: City-Journal’s in-depth report (click link above) shows that they don’t

“Seriously people—STOP BUYING MASKS!” So tweeted then–surgeon general Jerome Adams on February 29, 2020, adding, “They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus.” Two days later, Adams said, “Folks who don’t know how to wear them properly tend to touch their faces a lot and actually can increase the spread of coronavirus.” Less than a week earlier, on February 25, public-health authorities in the United Kingdom had published guidance that masks were unnecessary even for those providing community or residential care: “During normal day-to-day activities facemasks do not provide protection from respiratory viruses, such as COVID-19 and do not need to be worn by staff.” About a month later, on March 30, World Health Organization (WHO) Health Emergencies Program executive director Mike Ryan said that “there is no specific evidence to suggest that the wearing of masks by the mass population has any particular benefit.” He added, “In fact there’s some evidence to suggest the opposite” because of the possibility of not “wearing a mask properly or fitting it properly” and of “taking it off and all the other risks that are otherwise associated with that.”

Surgical masks were designed to keep medical personnel from inadvertently infecting patients’ wounds, not to prevent the spread of viruses. Public-health officials’ advice in the early days of Covid-19 was consistent with that understanding. Then, on April 3, 2020, Adams announced that the CDC was changing its guidance and that the general public should hereafter wear masks whenever sufficient social distancing could not be maintained.

Fast-forward 15 months. Rand Paul has been suspended from YouTube for a week for saying, “Most of the masks you get over the counter don’t work.” Many cities across the country, following new CDC guidance handed down amid a spike in cases nationally caused by the Delta variant, are once again mandating indoor mask-wearing for everyone, regardless of inoculation status. The CDC further recommends that all schoolchildren and teachers, even those who have had Covid-19 or have been vaccinated, should wear masks.

The CDC asserts this even though its own statistics show that Covid-19 is not much of a threat to schoolchildren. Its numbers show that more people under the age of 18 died of influenza during the 2018–19 flu season—a season of “moderate severity” that lasted eight months—than have died of Covid-19 across more than 18 months. What’s more, the CDC says that out of every 1,738 Covid-19-related deaths in the U.S. in 2020 and 2021, just one has involved someone under 18 years of age; and out of every 150 deaths of someone under 18 years of age, just one has been Covid-related. Yet the CDC declares that schoolchildren, who learn in part from communication conveyed through facial expressions, should nevertheless hide their faces—and so should their teachers.

How did mask guidance change so profoundly? Did the medical research on the effectiveness of masks change—and in a remarkably short period of time—or just the guidance on wearing them?

Since we are constantly told that the CDC and other public-health entities are basing their recommendations on science, it’s crucial to know what, specifically, has been found in various medical studies. Significant choices about how our republic should function cannot be made on the basis of science alone—they require judgment and the weighing of countless considerations—but they must be informed by knowledge of it.

In truth, the CDC’s, U.K.’s, and WHO’s earlier guidance was much more consistent with the best medical research on masks’ effectiveness in preventing the spread of viruses. That research suggests that Americans’ many months of mask-wearing has likely provided little to no health benefit and might even have been counterproductive in preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Readers’ comments:

Government either creates an illness or fumbles the response to a respiratory viral outbreak. Non scientists invent a magical talisman to fight the outbreak. Said talisman doesn’t work. Politicians blame the victims for not utilizing the magic device then demand ever draconian measures to use the magic talisman even harder and with more devotion. Criticism of the magical object is branded heresy and heretics are burned at the stake not only to appease the disease gods but to strike fear in the hearts of other dissidents.

Wait, are speaking about the virus (and all predecessors), or climate change?

I’m not sure there’s a clear crossover between the two religions but they do share many attributes.

They both seem to have a death fetish, certainly. Check out some of the ghoulish scare porn videos coming from the pro-mass vaccination side now.

Are you old enough to remember the HIV/AIDS nationwide panic of the late 80’s/early 90’s? When schoolchildren were afraid to use the drinking fountains, or sit at the breakfast table with their family? That was all Dr. Fauci. He spread so much misinformation and outright lies, it was criminal, and he’s never been held responsible. We knew fairly early who was at risk for HIV, and why they were at risk, but that Quack went on record telling everyone it spread by casual contact. He predicted millions would die the first year, and millions more would be infected. Exactly the opposite of what early research was showing.

The man should have been ran out of town over 30 years ago.

The fact that what you describe is not more widely remembered/known shows just how corrupt or media is and how incredibly far it is from performing the function we romantically ascribe to it.

Remember…1 in 10 people you know will contract AIDS…sure, in certain communities, but we were not allowed to say that for long before the mantra that it was NOT a gay disease was broadcast endlessly.

The 2002 Canadian census – anonymous and self-answerer – showed that homosexuals amounted to 0.65% and lesbians as 0.35% of the population.

I remember the fearful ads they ran in the mid-80s telling us that one in five people were going to die of AIDS if we didn’t do anything. Recently, when mocking the idea that he overhyped AIDS, he noted that it had killed 750,000 people in America. That shocked me! It has yet to kill a million people in America since 1980? COVID has already topped that number in a couple of years. Why the heck did we devote so much money to fighting AIDS, to the point that we far outspent cancer research for years? Well, mostly because of the hype…due to Fauci and the rest.

And the incredible, disproportionate power of the AIDS/Homosexual lobby.

The mask is nothing more than a “submission sack.” It’s a symbol that demonstrates to the world that the corrupt government and health “experts “ are in charge.

We should all be defending personal freedom, bodily autonomy, and the right to breathe freely and interact like a normal, healthy human being in the way human beings have been interacting for as long as we’ve existed as a species?

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