Does SCIENCE support Mask Mandates?

* buy the pictured mask (for fun, not health)

The controversy about masks has become contentious, even violent at the extremes. Once minds are made up, they do not seem to change—on either side of the debates. The advice to “follow the science” sounds like an excellent idea, but people too often assume that the policy makers have done that when making the rules. Sometimes the establishment has not used science to advance their agenda, they just chose to stick to their position and shame skeptics. As with much of the pandemic lore, we must investigate for ourselves. Fortunately, Dr. Joseph Mercola did a thorough review on masks to make that part easy for us. Because of frequent censorship and government pressure, this popular journalist has started to pull down his content after 48 hours. Therefore, by repeating his information here, we are helping to keep his important message available. The bullet points below are a quick review that Dr. Mercola provided in his longer, detailed writeup. It includes 27 citations of studies and his sources. Click here to read the whole article.

An analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

(BTW, Dr. Mercola’s new book is: The Truth About COVID-19: Exposing The Great Reset, Lockdowns, Vaccine Passports, and the New Normal)

The article at-a-glance

[Spoiler alert…the science does NOT show that they help, at least not the ones commonly in use. A well-fitting N95 and KN95 may have some benefit..]

  • “Driving the irrational and unscientific narrative about mask wearing is the censoring of truthful and factual information by tech platforms. YouTube recently banned a video by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in which he stated that masks don’t work
  • In a 2020 email obtained via a freedom of information act request, Dr. Anthony Fauci stated, “The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through the material”
  • February 25, 2020, U.K. health authorities published guidance discouraging the use of masks even for health care workers in residential care facilities, as there’s no evidence that they prevent viral spread
  • Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have long been regarded as the gold standard in medical research, yet RCTs are now ignored when it comes to mask wearing
  • Of 14 RCTs that have tested the effectiveness of masks in preventing the transmission of respiratory viruses, 11 suggest masks are either useless or counterproductive. The remaining three suggest masks may be useful, but not to a statistically significant degree.”

Click here to read the whole article.

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