Masking the Science

From Evergreen Family medicine 1-25-2021

“We have purposely avoided directly confronting the issue of masks because it is such an emotional and political issue. Like waving a red flag in front of a bull, the topic elicits strong emotions which overwhelms reason. We wear a mask in the hospital and don a N95 mask, gown and gloves when we see a patient known to have COVID-19. Masks are used for source control when patients are admitted with various types of infectious respiratory diseases. After the visit, we dispense of the gown, gloves and change into our regular surgical mask to continue patient rounds. In public, we wear a cloth mask to comply with executive orders and as a courtesy to others who feel afraid and uncomfortable. Like most of you, we rarely wash the mask, we stick it in our pockets, pick it out of the glove compartment or off the floorboard when we need it.

In truth, we wish masks worked. If they did, it would be a cheap, and easy way to control the spread of Covid. The idea that they protect not only their wearer, but also those people around them seems noble. We wished masks worked because citizens are spending billions of dollars on them.

We wish masks worked because most Americans wear them now. Telling them it was unnecessary will not make them happy. We wish masks worked because they have become a symbol for virtue and social responsibility. Anyone who doubts their utility is personally attacked; as though they don’t believe the viral pandemic is real, or don’t care about those who die from it.

We wish masks worked, because they distract from other important Covid related issues such as: school closings, lack of access for non COVID related illness, increased mental illness, elderly dying alone, missed youth experiences, substance abuse, suicides, increased poverty and homelessness, suppression of free speech, censorship of science, disruption of supply chains, government agencies used to oppress small businesses, restriction of religious gatherings, travel disruptions, isolation protocols, modeling over actual data, quarantines, lockdowns, contact tracing, and global harm of the economy that most impacts the working class, vulnerable and poor.

We wish masks worked.

But they don’t.

At least, not the cloth and surgical masks you see in the public arena. They litter the landscape and waterways. They are difficult for people with disabilities and small children. It promotes natural germaphobe tendencies and indoctrinates the young to see their fellow humankind as a sack of germs.

There have been many randomized controlled trials (RCT) and meta-analysis of previous studies that suggest that masks do not work to prevent influenza- like illnesses, or respiratory illness transmitted by droplets and aerosol particles – like Covid. This knowledge was the basis for the WHO and CDC recommending against the public wearing masks in the spring of 2020. It was repeated by authorities and experts at every level.

Dr. Jerome Adams, the Surgeon General tweeted, “Seriously people – STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing the general public from catching Coronavirus”

Dr. Anthony Fauci told 60 minutes, “There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask”.

In April, the New England Journal of Medicine wrote: “we know that wearing a mask outside of health care facilities offers little, if any protection from infection”.

What changed? Well, it wasn’t the science.

All studies are not equal. The gold standard of medical evidence comes from randomly controlled studies. Recent observational studies that were used to support mask mandates were poorly designed for confounding factors, carried out in medical environments, and then, impressions were extrapolated to the general public. Studies that evaluated the viral exposure of mice in a cage covered with mask material vs. caged mice without a mask cover does not seem to translate well to a world of humans who use their hands. In contrast, a recent Danish mask study of the general public that was performed in a prospective, randomized fashion did not endorse the current majority narrative and was vigorously criticized and suppressed by some.

A new drug, medical product or procedure would never be approved based on this type of evidence.

Logic argues against mask effectiveness. The size differential between viral particle or droplet size expelled from the human respiratory tract compared to the filter size of surgical or cloth masks is substantial. If you read the fine print on most consumer masks, one will likely read a statement such as this; “not intended for medical purposes and has not been tested to reduce the transmission of disease”.

The best studies are outcome based and measure “patient oriented evidence that matters.” A pharmaceutical company may show their statin drug greatly reduces cholesterol and science can show a correlation between cholesterol and heart disease. So, the obvious premise is that lowering cholesterol reduces risk of heart attacks.

Except it doesn’t. At least not for primary prevention in patients without preexisting vascular disease. It is why you must do the study. Does the intervention work in real world conditions?

In August, Pew Research reported that 85% of Americans said they wore masks in public all or most of the time. If this is so, and if masks are effective, why has the incidence of SARS-Cov-2 increased so rapidly? Why is there not a favorable correlation between mask usage and disease transmission in countries and states with different mask policies?”

The rest here :https://www.evergreenfamilymedicine.com/post/1-25-2021-masking-the-science

14 responses to “Masking the Science

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  2. Masks are NOT about the virus. They are about the ONLY THING politicians give a shit about…..CONTROL.

  3. 86 year old Dad died today. In all his health problems, he never tested positive. 3 weeks ago got the shot. They figure he had a heart attack that night. Put on hospice. This week got the second dose. Back to hospital. POOR kidney function. (to be released from hospital, he had to be negative). Died this morning in his room at the home.
    We’ll be protesting loudly if death certificate says died “of or with” covid.

  4. “why has the incidence of SARS-Cov-2 increased so rapidly?”

    Has it, has it really? Based on what ‘evidence’? The blatantly manipulated figures? The spurious (>45 cycles) of PCR? The media and establishment (remember the very same ones who lie about everything else)? (Here in The UK the governments own ONS data shows whilst both total deaths and specifically respiratory infection caused deaths are slightly raised over 2019, they’re below every other year for a decade).

    There has patently been an increase in respiratory illnesses (not as much as you think since every other respiratory pathogen has been ‘cured’ by Covid – no one gets the flu, a cold, cancer, etc. any more) but – exactly like during the Spanish Flu – most of them will be bacterial in cause. Caused by … wearing masks.

    Then, when you get admitted with a mask caused infection they … pump you full of immunosuppressant drugs (seriously, look at the recommended regimen and dosages), or put you on a (proven contraindicated) ventilator, and look surprised when you die.

    It’s not just that they want the power, they want as many to die as possible (again remember, these are the very people who’ve spent decades claiming there are too many [of the wrong sort – ie. not like them] people and we need a major reduction).

    Vaccines? Look up ADE (every covidae vaccine to date has failed because it causes significant rates of Antibody Dependent Enhancement – but the deaths caused will be spun to present covid as an even greater risk. Merk, one of the biggest vaccine manufacturers, basically stated that it’s safer to get covid than take a vaccine).

    If they tell you they want you dead. the least you can do is believe them.

    Just sayin’

  5. Fact filled and informative, but a complete waste of time. There are probably only 3% or so of us that have never stretched the elastic on a face muzzle, never conformed. This is no small thing – if you will not take a stand doing something as simple as refusing to wear a slave insignia on your face, if you do not have the fortitude and faith to save your own family, then you are definitely a danger to the rest of us. We gather to the Lord, our refuge from the storm that is upon us. You know the end game, you can’t hide, they will find you, mask or no mask. Each and everyone of us will take our turn – pledge allegiance or die.

  6. I used to tell people to go search nih.gov for masks and virus to see the number of studies that showed masks would not prevent the spread of viruses, but would actually increase the risk of other respiratory illnesses like bacterial pneumonia. Unfortunately, I can no longer tell people to look it up for themselves, because all of the older studies that showed masks to be ineffective have been removed. Now your search results are a bunch of papers from 2020 that tell you masks are effective, but those papers aren’t actually studies, just basically opinions.

  7. The linked article on evergreenfamilymedicine.com has been cancelled, too.

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