Skip to comments.These 12 Graphs From Around the World Show Mask Mandates Do Nothing To Stop COVID: No matter how strictly mask laws are enforced nor the level of mask compliance, cases all fall and rise around the same time.
Posted on 10/29/2020 8:47:24 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Masks have become a political tool and a talisman. When COVID-19 hit, governments panicked and created enormous fear. The Centers for Disease Control currently estimates a COVID-19 survival rate of 99.99 percent for people younger than 50, but the damage created by the panic was too great to undo.
It is likely that some politicians eventually realized their mistake and needed a way to back-pedal without admitting their lockdowns were a policy disaster. Their solution was for people to put any old piece of cloth across their face and magically believe that its okay to go out shopping again.
Masks are not merely a small inconvenience. They have inadvertently become a key impediment to returning to a more normal life, a desirable goal for those seeking to twist the pandemic for political and electoral purposes.
Masks dehumanize us, and ironically serve as a constant reminder that we should be afraid. People can now be spotted wearing masks while camping by themselves in the woods or on a solo sailing trip. They have become a cruel device on young children everywhere, kindergarten students covered by masks and isolated by Plexiglas, struggling to understand the social expressions of their peers. Face coverings are causing real harm to the American psyche, provide little to no medical benefit, and distract us from more important health policy issues.
The mask dogma had many cracks in it from the start. For one, the U.S. surgeon general and the Centers for Disease Control both previously said that masks are NOT effective in preventing [the] general public from catching coronavirus, so they were already starting with a credibility deficit. Furthermore, many officials have been frequently caught without masks when they think the cameras are off them. Dr. Anthony Fauci, for example, has been caught doing this multiple times.
Chicagos mayor and local media were all caught taking off their masks and violating social distancing as soon as a press conference ended. This was caught in a now deleted YouTube video that was shared by a now deleted Twitter account after being retweeted more than 26,000 times. As of the date of this publication, it is still available to view in a crude video of a video that has yet to be deleted on YouTube.
Clearly, some people do not want you to see what politicians do behind the scenes. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a strong advocate for mandatory masking, was caught off camera laughing about how wearing masks is an act of political theater.
These same politicians and health officials are so desperate to make people believe in masks that they doctor charts to make their case, even when their own data actually undermines them. So what is the actual science behind masks? Lets begin by reviewing the leading scientific studies.
The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University summarized six international studies which showed that masks alone have no significant effect in interrupting the spread of ILI or influenza in the general population, nor in healthcare workers. Oxford went on to say that that despite two decades of pandemic preparedness, there is considerable uncertainty as to the value of wearing masks. They prophetically warned that this has left the field wide open for the play of opinions, radical views and political influence.
A study of health-care workers in more than 1,600 hospitals showed that cloth masks only filtered out 3 percent of particles. An article in the New England Journal of Medicine stated, [W]earing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection and that [T]he desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic.
There are many other credible studies showing lack of mask efficacy, such as studies published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information, Cambridge University Press, Oxford Clinical Infectious Diseases, and Influenza Journal, just to name a few.
Studies do show masks can help in the case of direct respiratory droplets, which would matter if somebody is coughing, breathing, or sneezing directly on your face. That happens normally in a tight and highly confined space.
But the plentiful evidence we have indicates masks would not meaningfully help with aerosol transmission, where two people are just in the same area, or even the same room. This is because the two people end up breathing the same air, with or without a mask, as visually demonstrated in this video.
Historical scientific studies do not make a compelling case that universal masking would meaningfully help, so lets explore real-world situations to see where data leads us.
Austria was one of the first governments to require masks, and it did so about 10 days after its cases began to go down. The level of downtrend did not change or improve after masks were required. After the nation’s people wearing masks for an extended period, cases are currently four times where they were when Austria mandated masks, and cases continue to climb.
Germany mandated masks about halfway down its original recovery. Their cases are now similarly climbing quickly.
The French now have around 1,000 percent more daily cases they had when they mandated masks, despite having one of the highest mask compliance levels in the world.
Spain was not far behind its French neighbor with a mandate. Spain required masks when cases were near zero and has the highest compliance with mask-wearing in all Europe. Now Spain is at around 1,500 percent the level of cases compared to when it mandated masks.
After three months of requiring masks, the United Kingdom is at around 1,500 percent more cases despite having one of the highest mask compliance records in Europe.
Belgium required masks shortly after the British did, and now possibly has the highest rate of cases in the world.
Italy had extremely high levels of mask-wearing despite no national mandate. Recently skyrocketing cases finally compelled them to create one of the strictest mask laws in the world, but the results have predictably failed to slow the rise in coronavirus cases. In fact, cases skyrocketed immediately after the mask mandate went into effect.
Similar results have been found in Ireland, Portugal, Israel, and many other countries. No matter how strictly mask laws are enforced nor the level of mask compliance the population follows, cases all fall and rise around the same time.
How about the United States? Americans have proven to be highly compliant with mask wearing, even higher than the Germans.
It is therefore no surprise that the same trends found in Europe are also found in U.S. states. For example, California required masks in June but cases still went up by more than 300 percent and the state remains heavily locked down four months later with still higher cases.
Hawaii suffered one of the most economically devastating lockdowns of all the U.S. states. It was also an early mover on mandating masks both indoors and outdoors, but cases still went up by almost 1,000 percent.
With and without mask mandates, Texas and Georgia followed nearly identical case development.
For those more interested in comparing deaths than cases, we again don’t see a pattern of masks meaningfully helping.
Why don’t masks work on the general public? For one, if you read the fine print on most consumer masks you will see something along the line of not intended for medical purposes and has not been tested to reduce the transmission of disease. Masks can work well when they’re fully sealed, properly fitted, changed often, and have a filter designed for virus-sized particles. This represents none of the common masks available on the consumer market, making universal masking much more of a confidence trick than a medical solution.
If we actually wanted effective masks, then manufacturers should be conducting scientific tests evaluating masks specifically for their ability to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The Food and Drug Administration and CDC should be making recommendations on which masks to use and approving masks based on their scientific efficacy rather than promoting the wrapping of any piece of miscellaneous cloth around your face.
Effective masks, if they exist, should then be distributed to highly vulnerable groups for use only in rare and extenuating circumstances. There would be little point for the population at large to wear masks all the time because while focused protection may be possible, it is not possible to eradicate the virus at this point or stop its spread.
Our universal use of unscientific face coverings is therefore closer to medieval superstition than it is to science, but many powerful institutions have too much political capital invested in the mask narrative at this point, so the dogma is perpetuated. The narrative says that if cases go down its because masks succeeded. It says that if cases go up its because masks succeeded in preventing more cases. The narrative simply assumes rather than proves that masks work, despite overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary.
The narrative further ignores places like Sweden and Georgia, which never required masks in the first place, and it suppresses new scientific evidence if it doesnt support desired political results, such as data from the worlds only randomized trial investigating if masks actually protect from COVID-19. Even a Nobel laureate has been canceled because his COVID charts and data were found to be undesirable.
History does not bode well for times that politics meddles with science. Martin Kulldorff, a professor at Harvard Medical School and a leader in disease surveillance methods and infectious disease outbreaks, describes the current COVID scientific environment this way: After 300 years, the Age of Enlightenment has ended.
In the end, it will be the loss of credibility in our scientific institutions, and the unnecessary division they have sowed among us, for which masks will be remembered.
Pfffttttt! Anyone can phony up some charts. Think mikey mann and glowbull warming. LOL!
Not all charts are created equal. Some simply extrapolate. Others chart historical information.
and useless if not n95.
And n95 ain’t much better.
It is a virus and will spread..masks just extend the time til it dies out
A mask will pick up aerosol virons and they will hang on to the mask all day. Until you suck them in. Then you blow them out and they get stuck on the inside of the mask where you suck them in over and over.
Medical professionals throw their mask out after every patient encounter and then they are disposed of as medical waste.
The government mandates masks and people wear the same one all day.
I dont wear a mask unless I am forced to by the business owner. If I had to wear a mask on the job, Id probably be dead by now.
Masks not only dont work, they make the wearer more likely to get the disease.
For protection against virii you need a ‘hot-zone’ full body suit with ultra-filtered or bottled air. Dustin Hoffman not included.
As effective as a chain link screen door at stopping flies.
Don’t mix up Dems with actual science. That doesn’t make them feel good.
Go ahead explain Japan
They as a culture wear masks everywhere all the time by everyone during even normal flu season. If you don’t you will be shunned and possibly assaulted. They have over 100 million people at high density exceeding NYC their numbers speak for themselves. There’s no denying that masks are working for the Japanese. They never shut down the mass transit nor subways so why with one third the people of the USA do they not have equivalent numbers of deaths and cases per 100,000 vs the USA do tell the class why masks don’t work for a country that is using them religiously and it obviously is working. Anti markers sound like toddlers having a temper tantrum it’s annoying get over it and let’s get things open just like the Japanese with universal mask compliance and smart social distancing with hard enforced quarantine for every positive person and EVERY one of their contacts something the Japanese also do they straight up lock positive cases up in their homes or quarantine centers until they test negative again that obviously is working and working well the numbers speak for themselves.
You explained it: theyre doing a lot of other things besides just wearing a mask. The also test at a rate 1/20th of what the US is doing. So, maybe theyre not recording all their cases, or deaths.
Its also possible that Japanese people have a higher level of public immunity, as a result of higher levels of exposure to similar corona viruses in the past.
The data is pretty clear; mask, or no mask shows virtually zero statistical difference in a general public application. I wish they were effective. It would make our lives much easier. Sadly, the data says NO.
All I know is that here in PA as long as you’re in a restaurant eating you can’t catch the china virus. However, walking in the door must be very risky as a mask is required to do that. I think drinking beer in public provides immunity, too.
“Theres no denying that masks are working for the Japanese.”
Correlation doesn’t imply causation. Maybe it’s due to a diet high in soy and seafood. Maybe you have to wear masks before the virus becomes widespread, otherwise they become worthless. Maybe it’s due to one or more of the other of the behaviors and disease-prevention measures by Japan, including their immigration policies. Maybe a lot of other things.
Oy vey. How much kaka gets written starting from an erroneous premise. No promoter of universal masking ever said it would stop spread of virus.
The rational is to allow spread, at the same time masking to reduce viral load both in and out. Reducing viral load can reduce severity and deaths for those who contract it and build a natural immunity. Masking eliminates need for much of the shutdowns also. The evidence is out there, but have to look for it.
Off course, masks are the ONLY difference between the Japanese and Americans. There’s no ethnic, genetic, diet, or other lifestyle differences at all. Oh, they also have millions of poor illegals swarming their borders too.
“No promoter of universal masking ever said it would stop spread of virus.”
That’s completely untrue. Many fear mongers have said just that, when the goal morphed from flattening the curve to eradicating the virus. Fauci said it three days ago:
While results of phase 3 trials for multiple candidate vaccines are on the near horizon, low-tech tools to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 are essential, and it must be emphasized that these interventions will still be needed after a vaccine is initially available, write Fauci, Lerner and Folkers.”
PREVENTING mean stopping.
My theory is that - unless you seal the edges of the mask to the area surrounding your nose and mouth - people get a false sense of security while wearing a mask and social distancing.
Can we at least come to a middle ground and some agreement?
What if the authorities said — It will not completely stop the spread of the virus BUT it will “help bring down viral severity even if it does”, will that be a more acceptable and truthful statement?
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