Note that the following resources represent only a fraction of the available evidence. More examples can be found in the Coronavirus (COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2) news and resources pages.
"Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus [...]" -- U.S. Surgen General (source)
"By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the olfactory nerves and travel into the brain." -- Russell Blaylock, MD (source)
"[Surgical masks/cloth face coverings] Will not protect the wearer against airborne transmissible infectious agents due to loose fit and lack of seal or inadequate filtration." -- OSHA, COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (source)
"There have been extensive randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies, and meta-analysis reviews of RCT studies, which all show that masks and respirators do not work to prevent respiratory influenza-like illnesses, or respiratory illnesses believed to be transmitted by droplets and aerosol particles." -- Denis G. Rancourt, Ph.D, Researcher, Ontario Civil Liberties Association (ocla.ca) (source)
"We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection." -- New England Journal of Medicine (source)
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, people all across the globe have started using facemasks to prevent the spread of infection from one person to the other.
Also the government and health ministries of several countries are encouraging people to wear facemasks whenever they step outside their home.
But till date the efficacy of the facemasks in controlling the spread is not determined. So how effective are facemasks against COVID?
The pores in these masks are at least 1000 times larger in diameter (55 µm to 440 µm) as compared to the diameter of virus particles (60 nm to 140 nm).
Wearers of masks in general are endangering their own health by recycling poisonous Co2, but cloth masks in particular are even more dangerous to the wearer, who is up to 13 times more likely to contract a virus according to a study published in the BMJ:
"The rates of all infection outcomes were highest in the cloth mask arm, with the rate of ILI statistically significantly higher in the cloth mask arm (relative risk (RR)=13.00, 95% CI 1.69 to 100.07) compared with the medical mask arm. Cloth masks also had significantly higher rates of ILI compared with the control arm. An analysis by mask use showed ILI (RR=6.64, 95% CI 1.45 to 28.65) and laboratory-confirmed virus (RR=1.72, 95% CI 1.01 to 2.94) were significantly higher in the cloth masks group compared with the medical masks group. Penetration of cloth masks by particles was almost 97% and medical masks 44%."
1. The much-cited WHO meta-study on facemasks, which claimed an 80% risk reduction and was instrumental in the global facemask policy shift, has turned out to be seriously flawed and "essentially useless". The WHO meta-study fooled health authorities, "experts" and the media around the world. Read more about this latest health policy fiasco.
2. In the US state of Kansas, the 90 counties without mask mandates had lower coronavirus infection rates than the 15 counties with mask mandates. To hide this fact, the Kansas health department tried to manipulate the official statistics and data presentation.
3. Austrian professor Franz Allerberger found that the introduction, removal and re-introduction of mandatory facemasks in Austria had no influence at all on the coronavirus infection rate.
Indeed, we live in a strange time when open discussions on extremely important public health issues became taboo. Authoritarian censorship became our New Normal. While authorities around the world mandate face masks, we remain prohibited from discussing its pros and cons.
Therefore, in this article we refrain from interjecting any of our own 'non-expert' opinions into this debate. We avoid opposing the so-called experts on mainstream media with any of our own viewpoints.
Instead, we simply present 8 peer reviewed academic studies on surgical & cloth masks published on PubMed.gov; and let you the reader draw your own conclusions.
Ben Swann Interview - Decades Of Mask Science Came To One Conclusion, So Why Can't We Talk About It?
Joining me today is investigative journalist Ben Swann to discuss his recent coverage of the mask debate, and how he dared to consider the decades of scientific studies leading up to today before formulating his opinion. We also discuss how he was censored for objectively reporting on this past research, and it's relevance to today, as well as his new platform, ISE.media. As armies of online influencers attack anyone daring to think for themselves as "anti-maskers," despite many merely wanting clarity, all we should truly be seeking is objective debate. Does anyone feel that is what's taking place today?
Nonpharmaceutical Measures for Pandemic Influenza in Nonhealthcare Settings—Personal Protective and Environmental Measures - Volume 26, Number 5—May 2020 - Emerging Infectious Diseases journal - CDC
We did not find evidence that surgical-type face masks are effective in reducing laboratory-confirmed influenza transmission, either when worn by infected persons (source control) or by persons in the general community to reduce their susceptibility
Multiple media outlets are reporting that two Chinese boys dropped dead within one week of each other wearing face masks during gym class. Both of the students were 14 years old and were running laps for a physical examination test when they suddenly collapsed and lost consciousness during their run.
Study: Exercising With Mask Induces a "Hypercapnic Hypoxia Environment" – Not Good – Collective Evolution
Exercising with facemasks may reduce available Oxygen and increase air trapping preventing substantial carbon dioxide exchange. The hypercapnic hypoxia may potentially increase acidic environment, cardiac overload, anaerobic metabolism and renal overload, which may substantially aggravate the underlying pathology of established chronic diseases. Further contrary to the earlier thought, no evidence exists to claim the facemasks during exercise offer additional protection from the droplet transfer of the virus. Hence, we recommend social distancing is better than facemasks during exercise and optimal utilization rather than exploitation of facemasks during exercise.
Denmark boasts one of the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the world. As of August 4, the Danes have suffered 616 COVID-19 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
That's less than one-third of the number of Danes who die from pneumonia or influenza in a given year.
Despite this success, Danish leaders recently found themselves on the defensive. The reason is that Danes aren't wearing face masks, and local authorities for the most part aren't even recommending them.
The study listed viruses that can use the olfactory nerve as a "shortcut" into the brain. Viruses that enter the body through the nose include influenza A virus, herpesviruses, poliovirus, paramyxoviruses (like RSV, measles, mumps), vesicular stomatitis virus, rabies virus, parainfluenza virus, adenoviruses, Japanese encephalitis virus, West Nile virus, chikungunya virus, La Crosse virus, mouse hepatitis virus and bunyaviruses.
For COVID-19 patients, widespread reports of symptoms involving brain dysfunction include loss of smell and memory. Russell Blaylock, MD, warned about this when he wrote, "By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the olfactory nerves and travel into the brain."
Dr. Russell Blaylock warns that not only do face masks fail to protect the healthy from getting sick, but they also create serious health risks to the wearer. The bottom line is that if you are not sick, you should not wear a face mask.
Now that dentists have reopened their doors, they're having patients show up with a nasty set of symptoms, which the doctors have dubbed "mask mouth."
The new oral hygiene issue — caused by, you guessed it, wearing a mask all the time to prevent the spread of the coronavirus — is leading to all kinds of dental disasters like decaying teeth, receding gum lines and seriously sour breath.
Only one death in the country for the entire month of August and yet, no lockdowns, no economic shutdowns and… no masks. We give you details that other media will only ignore.
According to the director general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, life will not be returning to your old normal anytime soon. What's more, things will only get worse unless the public follow health advice such as wearing masks and social distancing. The somber announcement came during a July 13, 2020, press conference (above).
This, despite the fact that the WHO's June 5, 2020, guidance memo1 on face mask use states there's no direct evidence that universal masking of healthy people is an effective intervention against respiratory illnesses.
What's more, people are being urged to use cloth masks or bandanas (ostensibly to prevent shortages among health care staff), none of which conform to any kind of quality standards, and according to what little scientific evidence is available have been shown to provide only about half of what little protection you may get from a surgical mask.
The Great Unmasking: Studies in the Medical Literature Show FEWER Infections in Surgery when Medical Staff Do NOT Wear Masks
Several studies in the medical literature that compared infection rates during surgery with surgeons wearing masks with surgeries where staff did not wear masks showed no benefit to wearing masks, and in many cases the infection rate was LOWER when NOT wearing masks.
So far, most studies found little to no evidence for the effectiveness of cloth face masks in the general population, neither as personal protective equipment nor as a source control.
A May 2020 meta-study on pandemic influenza published by the US CDC found that face masks had no effect, neither as personal protective equipment nor as a source control. (Source)
A July 2020 review by the Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medince found that there is no evidence for the effectiveness of cloth masks against virus infection or transmission. (Source)
A Covid-19 cross-country study by the University of East Anglia found that a mask requirement was of no benefit and could even increase the risk of infection. (Source)
An April 2020 review by two US professors in respiratory and infectious disease from the University of Illinois concluded that face masks have no effect in everyday life, neither as self-protection nor to protect third parties (so-called source control). (Source)
An article in the New England Journal of Medicine from May 2020 came to the conclusion that cloth face masks offer little to no protection in everyday life. (Source)
An April 2020 Cochrane review (preprint) found that face masks in the general population or health care workers didn’t reduce influenza-like illness (ILI) cases. (Source)
An April 2020 review by the Norwich School of Medicine (preprint) found that “the evidence is not sufficiently strong to support widespread use of facemasks”, but supports the use of masks by “particularly vulnerable individuals when in transient higher risk situations.” (Source)
A July 2020 study by Japanese researchers found that cloth masks “offer zero protection against coronavirus” due to their large pore size and generally poor fit. (Source)
A 2015 study in the British Medical Journal BMJ Open found that cloth masks were penetrated by 97% of particles and may increase infection risk by retaining moisture or repeated use. (Source)
New Health Problems Emerging from Continuous Mask Wearing, but "Attempted Murder" Charges Sought for Those Who Refuse to Wear Masks
There is so much news on the topic of mandatory masks, that it is hard to keep up with it all. Countries and other large areas that do NOT mandate face masks are actually seeing FEWER new cases of COVID. (See the Liberty Report show video below.)
In Nashville, a Council Member has publicly stated that people who refuse to comply with government edicts to wear masks should be charged with murder or attempted murder.
As Sweden's "second wave" is non-existent and the countries deaths rates hover near zero, many other countries, including America are seeing an uptick in #Covid19 cases, even with strict mask mandates. NIH's Tony Fauci has a new accessory he is recommending to slow the spread, but Del has an even better idea.
Here in the United States, we have become inundated with tales of COVID-19 doom and gloom. In America, the mainstream narrative is rife with hopelessness. We are told that there is simply no way to stop this virus without repetitive lockdowns, healthy quarantine, even of asymptomatic individuals, and universal mask mandates. And even with all of those extreme policy measures put in place, the politicians and public health officials tell us that we will have to wait for a vaccine for the country to even think about our "new normal" following the COVID-19 pandemic.
There's one country that they don't seem to want to talk about - Sweden. And for good reason. Sweden debunks the hysteria. Sweden shows how unnecessary all of the interventions to "fight" the virus are. Sweden shows us that a rational, evidence-based approach to the pandemic is now thriving.
Metro Nashville Council Member Wants People Not Wearing a Mask to Be Charged with Murder or Attempted Murder - Tennessee Star
Metro Nashville At-Large Council Member Sharon Hurt said Wednesday during a virtual meeting of the Joint Public Safety and Health Committee that there should be stronger legislation for those not wearing masks and suggested they be charged with murder or attempted murder.
Rules for thee, not for me? German president thrashed for not wearing mask on vacation while lecturing others to do so — RT World News
A holiday photo of the German president from a few weeks ago came back to bite him, after he lectured anti-mask protesters on being responsible during the Covid-19 pandemic – his face was not covered when the picture was taken.
Denmark Says 'No Benefit' To Masks, Lockdowns Don't Work, COVID Tracking & Israeli/US Foreign Policy
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Dutch Government Ditches the Mask. Political Pressure Exerted on Sovereign Governments? - Global Research
Last Wednesday, the Dutch government decided not to impose any "national obligation" on its people to wear masks, reports Reuters.
The reason for opting out of the global masquerade? Minister for Medical Care, Tamara van Ark, asserted that "from a medical perspective there is no proven effectiveness of masks" after a review by the Netherland's National Institute for Health.
Facemasks, Lies, Damn Lies, And Public Health Officials: "A Growing Body of Evidence" -- Health & Wellness -- Sott.net
A vile new mantra is on the lips of every public health official and politician in the global campaign to force universal masking on the general public: "there is a growing body of evidence". This propagandistic phrase is a vector designed to achieve five main goals:
Give the false impression that a balance of evidence now proves that masks reduce the transmission of COVID-19
Falsely assimilate commentary made in scientific venues with "evidence"
Hide the fact that a decade's worth of policy-grade evidence proves the opposite: that masks are ineffective with viral respiratory diseases
Hide the fact that there is now direct observational proof that cloth masks do not prevent exhalation of clouds of suspended aerosol particles; above, below and through the masks
Deter attention away from the considerable known harms and risks due to face masks, applied to entire populations
This is a 15 minute presentation - extracted from a longer debate - by former Professor of Physics Denis Rancourt on the randomised controlled studies on masks, illustrating that masks are ineffective in preventing viral transmission.
"Masks are considered by governments as a "protection against the transmission of Covid-19". It is better to wear a mask (any mask) than nothing. People are instructed to obey the guidelines of the Ministry of Health. These guidelines are erroneous.", says Dr. Pascal Sacré
"They are imposed on population groups which have been traumatized by the fear campaign". Apart from overestimating the benefit of masks, the authorities underestimate its deleterious effects on people's health."
This week the SUNDAY WIRE broadcasts LIVE on ACR with host Patrick Henningsen covering the top stories in the US, Europe and internationally. General hysteria and the collapse in critical thinking seems to reaching an all-time peak now, as economies rapidly deteriorate, particularly in countries with lockdown enthusiast governments, as politicians relish in their newfound powers, pulling millions out of work and on to the bread lines. The issue of masks seems to be the new flashpoint, but it appears to be a logical prelude to some governments' aggressive push to vaccinate their populations. The muzzling doesn't stop there, as government and Silicon Valley begin attacking and censoring any dissenting views online. Will the collective madness increase going into the fall? In the second hour we'll be joined by the Sunday Wire's roving correspondent for culture & sport, Basil Valentine for his take of the current calamities in Britain and beyond. All this and much, more.
The lockdown, along with the fear campaign with its daily doses of death statistics and warnings of impending spikes, is a full assault being advanced stepwise toward a dystopia of globalist design. The masks that now dominate on faces everywhere place wearers and non wearers into one or the other of two sharply defined categories, each category carrying a list of traits in the minds of those in the opposite category. What a perfect, visible way to split The People into competing teams. Wearers are sheep!; the maskless are public hazards!
This 20 year experienced OSHA expert blows up the mask narrative! She explains the OSHA regulations, why they came about and what they mean in terms of face masks.