COVID is a sham, and masks are the bunk.
I wore surgical masks daily for 36 years as an anesthesiologist. Their purpose was to reduce the chance that I would infect an open wound with bacteria from my mouth. This article of faith has been shown to be false. If staff who are working outside of the immediate sterile field do not wear masks, there is no increase in wound infections. And this is in a closed environment where staff will be present for hours. This casts a very large cloud of doubt on the utility of masks for COVID-19.
Another problem arises when we look at the use of masks by the public. Even accepting the uncertain premise that masks are useful, “incorrect use and disposal may actually increase the risk of pathogen transmission, rather than reduce it, especially when masks are used by non-professionals such as the lay public.” Given that most “masks” are simply kept handy for use when required, set aside, and then re-used, most mask-wearing by the public is likely to increase virus exposure, not reduce it.
But do properly used surgical masks reduce disease spread in the general public? To say there are almost no data would not be overstating the case. When households with sick kids were examined, even rigorous mask-wearing provided no statistically significant improvement in adult infections.
Let’s put that in plain English. Even if you did everything to protect yourself with surgical masks, even keeping it on when your kid wants to see your face, it might reduce your chance of getting sick, but we can’t prove it. And that’s in a well designed study intended to get a meaningful result. “[H]ousehold use of face masks is associated with low adherence and is ineffective for controlling seasonal respiratory disease” (emphasis added).
What about homemade cloth masks? In a study using influenza, masks made from cotton T-shirts “should only be considered as a last resort to prevent droplet transmission from infected individuals.” They were only one third as effective when worn by the sick person as a surgical mask. If you’re sick, they’re better than nothing, but that’s not much. The CDC says, “Cloth face coverings may slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.” Translation: It might help, but we don’t have any data to back that up.
As we can see from other studies, even surgical masks have minimal benefit in preventing you from getting sick. This was confirmed in a hospital study. Cloth masks had a “relative risk” of flu infection thirteen times greater than medical masks. “Moisture retention, reuse of cloth masks and poor filtration may result in increased risk of infection.”
What about the fabled N95 respirator masks? “Respirators work as PPE only when they are the right size and have been fit-tested to demonstrate they achieve an adequate protection factor.” Translation: If you haven’t gone through the fit-testing I’ve been through (the first model didn’t fit!), N95s won’t reduce your exposure to the virus. Sorry.
Of course, smarmy, grasping little pétit dictators like NC’s own Comrade Cooper almost certainly know all this, and issue royal decrees mandating universal mask use anyway. Might there be an explanation for that, you ask? Oh, there certainly might at that.
Merriam-Webster defines pseudo-science as “a system of theories, assumptions, and methods erroneously regarded as scientific.” The Oxford dictionary clarifies by stating, “a collection of beliefs or practices mistakenly regarded as being based on scientific method.“
Pseudo-science quickly emerged as the principal domain of Technocrats, but they soon found that scientific debate with those promoting real science was most inconvenient to their social engineering goals. The solution was simple: claim that their own pseudo-science was indeed the real science, and then refuse debate by excluding all other voices to the contrary.
The American public is being spoon-fed a steady diet of pseudo-science in order to justify the wearing of face masks, social distancing and contact tracing. Yet, the actual science points in the polar opposite direction.
Furthermore, those who try to present the real science are shamed, ridiculed and bullied for having such narrow-minded views.
This is a clear sign of Technocrats-at-work. Instead, these are the ones who should be exposed, shamed and ridiculed.
In sum, these dangerous and destructive policies are designed to curtail economic activity, break down social cohesion and control people.
There you have it, folks. And yet somehow, as I always say, here we all are.
5pm Friday evening was the time selected by Dictator Copper that masks must be worn. I needed to run to the local drugstore, Walgreens, which upon arrival around 7pm already had a big sign up on the door requiring masks per state law. I entered mask-less, and was called out by a fellow at the counter. He provided a mask and I wore it since I’m a really nice guy. It’s going to be this way across the state I’m afraid. I expect there will be places that don’t enforce the law and if I can find them I’ll shop there.
It’s a joke, the masks, and nothing more than a power play. The truth in NC has not changed, if you are under 65 you have almost no chance, near zero, of dying from the damn chinaVirus. The at risk should stay at home and we should help them do so. We should be helping the nursing homes where 60 % of the deaths in NC occur. Wearing masks will do nothing. It’s just virtue signaling extreme.
It dawns on me this morning that a mask has a very poor definition in NC.
“A Face Covering can be made of a variety of synthetic and natural fabrics, including cotton, silk, or linen. Ideally, a Face Covering has two (2) or more layers. A Face Covering may be factory-made, sewn by hand, or can be improvised from house hold items such as scarfs, bandanas, t-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.”
That is the pertinent excerpt of the “definition” of a mask in the fascist Cooper’s order.
I think I’ll make my own. I think it’s going to say MAGA. And I think it’s going to allow me to breathe quite easily, adding zero protection to me or anyone around me. But that’s OK, it offers the same level of protection any other chinese made mask does.
I have been considering one that says “Virtue Signalling BS” but it is a little long to fit and still be readable. Hmmmm.
Hmmm, indeed. Not a bad idea. My wife’s idea is to take the cover of the bible or US Constitution and strap it to your face…
My daughter’s white N95 mask says “
One of the paper masks I made — just a 8 1/2×11 piece of paper with an eyehole, taped to the sides of my face — had a number of things written on it: “But we were born free”, “Cuomo Craves Catamites”, and something else which I forget.
More idea’s. Perhaps the best one is “Cooper Sucks” referring to the NC governor.
Elvis Costello wanted to call his album ultimately named Armed Forces as Emotional Fascism.
Pretty apropos to me.
Went to the grocery store, no mask, no problem.
Any shaming is going to get old fast.